Downer EDI to deliver New Intercity Fleet network modifications

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Transport for NSW announced today that Downer EDI has been awarded the contract to deliver station and signal modifications across the suburban and Intercity network as work continues for the arrival of the New Intercity Fleet from 2019.

“The New Intercity Fleet will provide customers with more comfortable and reliable journeys between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast and Blue Mountains,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

“These are new state-of-the-art trains and as with any new technology, we need to make some minor modifications to the stations and signals across the network which will include platform extensions, overhead wiring adjustments and train location technology.

“Work will get underway early next year and where possible it will be completed as part of the existing rail maintenance schedule and track work weekends so we can minimise the impact on our customers.”

The New Intercity Fleet comprises 512 carriages and features comfortable two by two seating with tray tables and cup holders, as well as the ability to charge mobile devices.

There will be dedicated luggage and bicycle racks, extra space for wheelchairs and prams, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Better on-board technology such as CCTV cameras, customer help point alarms and fire detection technology will increase safety and security.

The new trains will come into service progressively, with the first trains anticipated to be delivered in 2019.

Earlier this month John Holland Rail was awarded the contract to design and build the New Intercity Fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy.