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WARATAH SERIES 2 FLEET ROLL OUT COMPLETE

The first of 17 new Waratah Series 2 trains arrives at Central Station. The new train took its place on the Sydney Trains network on Thursday, September 3, three months ahead of schedule. In February 2019, the NSW Government announced the procurement of an additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains, bringing the total to 41. The introduction of the Waratah Series 2 fleet means that 100 per cent of the Sydney Trains fleet is now air-conditioned, ensuring a comfortable ride for customers. The 17 trains were expected to cost the government close to $900 million when they were ordered last year.
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WARATAH SERIES 2 FLEET ROLL OUT COMPLETE

 

The last of the NSW Government’s 41 Waratah Series 2 trains has entered service, on the 10th anniversary of the original Waratah series hitting the tracks.

 

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the new trains will help support future patronage growth across the network, and will be more comfortable and reliable for passengers.

The first of 17 new Waratah Series 2 trains arrives at Central Station.
The new train took its place on the Sydney Trains network on Thursday, September 3, three months ahead of schedule.
In February 2019, the NSW Government announced the procurement of an additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains, bringing the total to 41.
The introduction of the Waratah Series 2 fleet means that 100 per cent of the Sydney Trains fleet is now air-conditioned, ensuring a comfortable ride for customers.
The 17 trains were expected to cost the government close to $900 million when they were ordered last year.

“We based the design of our Waratah Series 2 trains on the original Waratahs which meant we could get the new trains on the network in record time,” Mr Constance said.

 

“The introduction of the Waratah Series 2 fleet also led to the retirement of the S-Sets after almost 50 years in service, which means 100 per cent of the Sydney Trains fleet is now air conditioned.”

 

“The new Waratah also feature high definition customer information screens, internal and external CCTV, priority seating, wheelchair spaces and hearing aid loops.”

 

Sydney Trains Chief Executive Matt Longland said the initial order of 24 trains Waratah Series 2 trains was placed in late 2016, before the size of the fleet was increased to 41 in February 2019.

 

“The time between the delivery of the first and the last of the additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains was just 302 days,” Mr Longland said.

 

“This Waratah fleet is the workhorse of our network and has not only proven to be the most reliable double deck train in Australia but is clearly a favourite with our customers.

 

“We want to thank those behind the scenes at the Auburn Maintenance Centre, who have played a huge part in this successful rollout, as well as the ongoing maintenance and training of our crew.” 

 

More information: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/sydney-growth-trains

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