Blue Mountains News
Mallard Welcomes New Blue Mountains Intercity Trains as Testing Ramps Up
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole were given a close-up look at the progress being made.
“When the trains first arrived, on-track testing involved using a locomotive to haul the carriages. What we’re seeing today is a really exciting milestone because they’re now travelling around the network under their own power,” Mr Constance said.
“Over the next few months you’ll see more of these trains on the network as we progressively test all train systems including Automatic Train Protection, passenger door systems, passenger information, CCTV, ride comfort as well as the maximum speed of 160kph. We’ll also be using this time to familiarise the train crew with the new operating systems and technology on board.”
Mr Toole said work was continuing on important enabling works across the intercity network.
“These are modern trains featuring the latest technology, so we need to ensure we upgrade the infrastructure on the network to accommodate them,” Mr Toole said.
Local Blue Mountains resident and Government Member of the Legislative Council welcomes the next stage of the multi-billion dollar new inter urban fleet.
Upgrade work is also continuing on sections of the Blue Mountains Line, which will enable customers living between Springwood and Lithgow to experience a new train for the first time since the last of the V-Sets were introduced.
“Whilst Labor continue to spread fake news about the new trains, I’m pleased to see the planned multimillion dollar track and station upgrades nearing completion so that Blue Mountains commuters can enjoy the new state of art trains equally with the rest of metropolitan Sydney.” Mr Mallard said.
“It should not be forgotten that Labor after 16 wasted years in government failed to deliver new trains for the Blue Mountains community. Only the Berejiklian government is delivering new trains for the Blue Mountains.”
The New Intercity Fleet is comprised of 55 10-car trains, which will service customers across the Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast and Blue Mountains.
The new trains will feature more amenities for customers, including comfortable two-by-two seating, charging points for mobile devices, as well as storage for luggage and bicycles.
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