$2.8 billion intercity trains coming to NSW
The New South Wales government is planning on spending $2.8 billion on a new fleet of intercity trains that will come into operation in 2019 and get incrementally rolled out up to 2024.
The fleet will include 65 new trains and 520 new carriages, and will shuttle around both long- and short-distance passengers. The improvements in commuting time as well as the general convenience of daily life will make buying a house in the state a far more attractive option.
"This is a major investment in a brand new train fleet for NSW and shows how hard we are working to improve services for the tens of thousands of customers commuting daily between Sydney and the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Hunter," said NSW Premier Mike Baird.
The trains will transport passengers from Sydney to Newcastle, Illawarra, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains, and may also stop at busy city interchanges such as Central and Strathfield.
Trains will bring a new level of comfort
The trains will provide a higher level of comfort for travellers, with improved seating, luggage compartments and - in what will evoke a chorus of sighs of relief from readers - air conditioning for the first time. With these improvements and the wide scope of the trains, first home buyers may well be tempted to consider NSW as a potential home.
"These new trains will provide unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience for customers, and we will now begin industry briefings and community engagement to achieve the best outcome from the new fleet," commented Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian.
This engagement would be carried out to seek feedback on further improvements to comfort within the train. This included features such as seat configuration, luggage compartments and premium carriages.
Ms Berejiklian added that the trains were a part of the government's new focus on providing a tailored service to regional and intercity train customers. The NSW TrainLink formed last July was also part of this focus.
Wynyard Station gets a facelift
The new train fleet comes on top of Transport for NSW's planned $100 million upgrade of Wynyard Station in Sydney.
The station will see improved concourse platforms, a wider ticket gate area, as well as a new paint job, signage, lighting, tiling and an overhaul of the retail outlets.
"Everyone knows that Wynyard Station is a relic of the past, and frankly it is time to upgrade one of Sydney's busiest transport hubs and finally give customers what they deserve," Ms Berejiklian said.
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