UGL presented one of the last Oscar Stage 3 passenger trains to RailCorp at a special handover ceremony last month.
UGL, which is currently building and delivering an additional 25 cars under Stage 3A – an extension to Stage 3 of the Oscar project, is expecting to deliver the last car of Stage 3A before the agreed completion date of March 5, 2013, ahead of schedule and under budget.
At the centre of the celebration on July 4 was an Oscar four-car set wrapped in a red ribbon and bow.
A purpose-made commemorative plague and a set of symbolic Oscar keys were also handed to RailCorp to mark the successful delivery on the Oscar Stage 3 project.
Mr Phil Pearce, RailCorp’s director engineering & projects, said: “Essentially, the achievements of this project were the result of lessons learnt from Oscar Stages 1 and 2 and a new collaborative approach which has set a new standard in the delivery of complex passenger car contracts.
It’s fair to say that our collaboration with RailCorp and the people on the project were key to the success of what was delivered here.
Alan Beacham, executive general manager for UGL
“I would like to take this occasion to thank both my team and UGL who have gone to great lengths to make the project a success.
UGL has been partnering with RailCorp for more than 50 years.
While the cars will largely service Sydney’s outer suburban rail network, the Oscars’ high levels of reliability and adaptability have resulted in their wider use on the inner suburban rail network as well.
Alan Beacham, executive general manager for UGL, said: “While we have leading systems and processes in place, it’s fair to say that our collaboration with RailCorp and the people on the project were key to the success of what was delivered here.
“We are proud of the fact that collectively the contract has delivered to RailCorp increased fleet availability with 371 additional days of revenue service, due to early deliveries.
“This has equated to over one year’s worth of extra (revenue) service for the travelling public, a saving passed on to RailCorp and the taxpayers of New South Wales.”