Testing is ramping up on the New Intercity Fleet with the first two new trains now travelling on the network under their own power.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the new trains were undergoing a rigorous testing schedule, including on the Central Coast Line.
“44,200 people commute from the Central Coast every single day and I know everyone is looking forward to the New Intercity Fleet rolling out on our Line,” Mr Crouch said.
“The new trains will feature comfortable two-by-two seating, tray tables at every seat, charging points for mobile devices, as well as storage for luggage and bicycles.
“Enabling works for the train line, along with the construction of the $300 million maintenance facility at Kangy Angy, has also helped to create around 1,600 jobs.”
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said when the trains first arrived, on-track testing involved using a locomotive to haul the carriages.
“What we’re seeing is a really exciting milestone because the trains are now travelling around the network under their own power,” Mr Constance said.
“Over the next few months you’ll see more of these trains on the network as we progressively test all train systems including Automatic Train Protection, passenger door systems, passenger information, CCTV, ride comfort as well as the maximum speed of 160kph. We’ll also be using this time to familiarise the train crew with the new operating systems and technology on board.”
The New Intercity Fleet is comprised of 55 10-car trains, which will service customers across the Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast and Blue Mountains.