New Intercity Fleet

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Project overview

We are delivering a new, state-of-the-art fleet of intercity trains that will provide a new level of comfort and convenience for the thousands of customers who travel between Sydney and the Central Coast and Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, and the South Coast.

Key benefits

Improved accessibility, enhanced safety, improved comfort and modern features including:

  • wider, more spacious two-by-two seating for extra room and comfort with arm rests, tray tables, and high seat backs
  • charging ports for mobile devices, and dedicated spaces for luggage, prams and bicycles
  • improved accessibility including dedicated space for wheelchairs and accessible toilets
  • improved customer information through digital information screens and announcements, CCTV and help points, and modern heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

To meet future increases in demand, the New Intercity Fleet will increase to a total of 554 carriages with the purchase of an extra 42 carriages.

Most of the new carriages will run on the South Coast Line to boost peak hour services from 8 carriage trains to 10 carriages.

A new fleet of trains for long distance, intercity services from Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast is on the way.

Project update

Since arriving in December 2019, the first two New Intercity Fleet trains have been undergoing an extensive testing regime including static testing at a maintenance facility centre in Eveleigh and on-track testing using a locomotive to haul the carriages to test sites.

Earlier this month, the first two new trains reached an important testing milestone with the trains now travelling on the network under their own power. To see the journey from train arrival to achieving this latest milestone, please see our New Intercity Fleet arrival and testing video below.

Over the next few months you’ll see more of these trains testing on the network, as we move towards the first passenger services later this year. The new fleet will be introduced progressively starting with the Central Coast and Newcastle Line, followed by the Blue Mountains Line and the South Coast Line.

See the features of the new trains

The fly-through animation below provides a first-look inside the new trains, showing key customer features including spacious two-by-two seating, charging ports for mobile devices, improved accessibility, and improved customer information.

Did you know our new double-decker trains will carry around 130,000 customers each day during peak periods, and are the first intercity train to be introduced in 49 years ? For more details on these new state-of-the-art-trains, please see our New Intercity Fleet fact sheet - April 2020 (PDF, 3.18 MB)

The animation is representative of the detailed design of the new train.

 

Customer engagement and train design

The process for designing the interior of the New Intercity Fleet has included a range of engagement activities with customers.

A number of customer groups have been asked for feedback on the proposed designs, including vision, mobility, hearing and cognitive impaired groups, aged customers and those travelling with children, luggage and bicycles.

In 2018 a life-size model of the new train, built to replicate the train during the detailed design phase, has allowed staff and customers to gain a first-hand experience of the new train. The model has been used to conduct end-user stakeholder engagement to inform and refine the design of the new train.

For more information view the customer engagement and train design (PDF, 980.35 KB).

View the video of the customer engagement process.

Independent Review of the New Intercity Fleet Operating Model

Transport for NSW commissioned an Independent Review of NSW TrainLink’s proposed method of operating the New Intercity Fleet. The independent review was commissioned to determine whether the proposed operating model is safe, how the model compares to current train fleet operating conditions for the guard and how this model compares with methods being used by other train operators internationally. The review found the new model is safer than the current train fleet operating conditions for guards.

For more information view the Independent Review of the New Intercity Fleet Operating Model - December 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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