The Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility has officially opened in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, before the rollout of the New Intercity Fleet trains.
The $300m plant will provide services for 24 hours and be responsible for maintaining the new intercity fleet.
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said that the purpose-built depot will maintain and service the new trains, as well as offer ongoing employment for more than 90 staff.
Constance said: “There are already about 30 staff at the new Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility, and recruitment is underway for additional roles in engineering, procurement, planning, and supervision.
“UGL Rail is operating the maintenance facility under a 15-year contract, providing sustainable jobs, including five apprenticeships, which will be filled by the end of the year.”
More than 1,600 people were involved in the construction of the new facility, track work and platform extensions, aiding work across the network.
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NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said: “The first New Intercity Fleet trains will enter service on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line over the coming months, once rigorous testing is complete.
“The state-of-the-art fleet includes improved wheelchair accessibility and accessible toilets, comfortable seating with extra legroom, charging points for mobile devices, and dedicated spaces for luggage, prams and bicycles.”
The ongoing contracts at the facility are expected to provide benefits to local businesses.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said: “Having this facility based on the Central Coast guarantees jobs for local people and businesses for decades.
“The 24h-run facility is where the New Intercity Fleet will be washed, maintained and serviced. It is close to 500,000m² in size, has about six kilometres of electric rail lines, a new rail bridge, new access roads and offices and amenities for staff.”