Transforming regional train travel: Shortlist announced for new intercity fleet

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today announced that four consortia have been shortlisted to tender for the supply and maintenance of a new state-of-the-art intercity train fleet for NSW.

The NSW Government is investing billions in the state’s next generation train fleet for customers travelling longer distances from the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

“Last year, the NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest to deliver and maintain the next generation intercity trains and we’ve been working with interested organisations over the last few months to better understand what they have to offer,” Mr Constance said.

“We first met with prospective train manufacturers at an industry briefing in May last year where we saw a lot of enthusiasm from experienced organisations, both from Australia and overseas, to be involved in this significant project.

“I am pleased to announce a mix of local and international organisations will now be invited to tender.”

The contract includes the supply and maintenance of approximately 520 brand new carriages configured specifically for the rail network here in NSW and offering longer-distance train customers improved comfort and reliability.

The contract also includes maintenance of the new fleet and fit out and operation of a maintenance facility.

The organisations shortlisted to tender are:

  • Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd
  • Downer-CNRCRC Consortium, comprising Downer EDI Rail Pty Limited and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd
  • Stadler Bussnang AG
  • UGL/MEA/CSR Consortium comprising UGL Rail Services Pty Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Australia Pty Ltd and CSR Corporation Ltd.

“Each of these consortia brings significant experience working on similar scale projects, either here in Australia or elsewhere in the world,” Mr Constance said.

“Ensuring a strong, competitive field is critical for any public tender process to deliver value for money to the NSW taxpayer.

“The new fleet will deliver unprecedented levels of comfort, convenience and reliability for our intercity customers and consultation will be a key part of the design phase to make sure we understand what’s important to our customers.

“As part of their tender, we will ask the four consortia to consider different options for seating configurations, bike storage, luggage racks and the possibility of Wi Fi and a Premium carriage for customers.

“I am confident the scale of this project combined with the level of participation in market sounding, industry briefings and the Expression of Interest process will translate into strong tender responses from these high quality firms.”

The contract is expected to be awarded in 2016. The new fleet will come into service progressively, with the first trains delivered by 2019 and the rest of the fleet being delivered through to 2024.

Caption: Examples of intercity fleet trains from around the world (indicative only)

Shortlist announced for new intercity fleet (pdf 204KB)

9 July 2015