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Train builders shortlisted for NSW intercity fleet renewal

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Four consortia have been shortlisted to supply 65 new intercity trains to operate long-distance services in New South Wales.

The $2.8 billion contract includes the supply and maintenance of 520 new carriages.

NSW hopes award the contract next year and to roll the new trains out gradually between 2019 and 2024. The fleet will operate services between the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

The shortlist includes:

  • Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Downer-CNRCRC Consortium, comprising Downer EDI Rail Pty Limited and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd,
  • Stadler Bussnang AG,
  • UGL/MEA/CSR Consortium comprising UGL Rail Services Pty Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Australia Pty Ltd and CSR Corporation Ltd.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: “We first met with prospective train manufacturers at an industry briefing in May last year where we saw a lot of enthusiasm from experienced organisations, both from Australia and overseas, to be involved in this significant project.

“I am pleased to announce a mix of local and international organisations will now be invited to tender.”

The next-generation fleet will allow NSW TrainLink to retire its V-set trains and transfer its Oscar trainsets to the Sydney Trains suburban and commuter network.

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