Three shortlisted for NSW regional train acquisition

Transport for New South Wales announced that three applicants were shortlisted to deliver the new fleet and maintenance facility under the Regional Rail Project.
The three successful applicants are Regional Futures, led by Downer, Bombardier Consortium and Momentum Trains, led by CAF.
Transport for NSW aims to award a contract for the new fleet in 2019 with the first trains anticipated to be on the tracks in the early 2020s. The NSW Government identified Dubbo (city in the Orana Region) as the preferred location to build a maintenance facility. The new trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, the state-owned regional rail and coach service provider.
“We are looking for high-quality, innovative and value for money proposals from the three applicants. They will be asked to provide details of how they will deliver trains that provide improved comfort, safety and reliability for regional customers. This program gives us the opportunity to incorporate modern benefits for those travelling long distances as we replace trains which are up to 35 years old,” Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said.
The programme would replace the ageing XPT, Endeavour and XPLORER trains, for passengers who travel between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and major regional centres. A new maintenance facility for these trains will also be built in regional NSW.
In August 2017, the Government announced its plans to replace all trains operating on the regional network including 60 XPTs and more than 50 XPLORER and Endeavour trains.

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