“MARIYUNG: – NEW INTERCITY FLEET ON THE TRACKS FOR TESTING
The NSW Government is one step closer to introducing the high-tech New Intercity Fleet into passenger service as testing on the tracks is underway.
The new Mariyung fleet is this week running between Central and Springwood to test mechanical and electrical systems, ahead of work to undertake modifications to the fleet as agreed in a signed deed with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) last November.
The New Intercity Fleet is tailor-made for the people of NSW, providing a new level of comfort and convenience for those travelling between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast.
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said this week marked a significant milestone for NSW commuters.
“The first new intercity train to be introduced to the fleet in more than 50 years will soon become a reality for thousands of commuters once the rigorous testing regime has been completed,” Mr Elliott said.
“Following several months of protected industrial action and inconvenience to commuters in this state, I am very pleased to see testing of these state-of-the-art trains is underway after we reached agreement with the unions to make modifications to the New Intercity Fleet.
“Trains will run between Eveleigh, Central and Springwood this week before testing routes between Eveleigh and Newcastle and Eveleigh and Hornsby in coming weeks.
“Stepping aboard one of these new Mariyung trains is like stepping from the 1970s into the present day, we are now closer to providing intercity customers with a new generation of service that is accessible, comfortable and reliable.”
NSW TrainLink Chief Operating Officer Dale Merrick said Transport for NSW was working with the manufacturer and union constructively to undertake agreed alterations to the trains.
“We will undertake the agreed modifications as quickly as possible before the independent rail safety regulator assess the Mariyung fleet for re-accreditation. Safety of our customers and people is the top priority and we will continue to work with the RTBU, and Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, to implement an operating model that will allow trains to enter into service in 2023,” he said.
The Mariyung fleet offers commuters:
- improved safety through advanced technology – doors that automatically open if objects are trapped and trains that don’t move until doors are closed;
- more spacious fully accessible carriages with two-by-two seating;
- greater options for those with prams, wheelchairs or bicycles;
- USB ports and power points.