New Waratah train debuts in Sydney


The first of 17 brand new Waratah Series 2 trains is entering service this week, three months ahead of schedule, thanks to the NSW Government’s $4.3 billion More Trains More Services program.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the new trains will support increasing patronage across the network, and will be more comfortable and reliable for customers.

“We have seen rapid growth in the number of train journeys over the past few years, which is why it is so important that we invest in new trains and new infrastructure right across our rail network,” Mr Constance said.

“It is exciting to see this train on the tracks three months ahead of schedule, after it was one of 17 fast tracked for delivery at the start of 2019.

“The remainder of the trains will be delivered by the end of this year and will be rolled out progressively after testing. When they are all on the tracks our customers will have 41 brand new Waratah Series 2 trains to enjoy.”

Sydney Trains Acting Chief Executive Suzanne Holden says the new Waratah Series 2 trains will operate on the T2 Inner West & Leppington, T3 Bankstown and T8 Airport & South lines.

“They’ll feature air conditioning with advanced temperature control, high definition customer information screens, internal and external CCTV, as well as priority seating, wheelchair spaces and hearing aid loops,” Ms Holden said.

Over the next 10 years, the More Trains More Services program will roll out world-class technology to transform the rail network and provide customers with reliable, high capacity turn up and go services.

The next stages of the program will focus on delivering improvements to the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and the South Coast lines.

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