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August 17, 2016

RailConnect JV wins $1.7bn contract to build and maintain 500 new carriages

The RailConnect New South Wales (NSW) joint venture (JV) has secured a A$2.3bn ($1.7bn) contract with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to build and maintain more than 500 new carriages.

By Srivani Venna

The RailConnect New South Wales (NSW) joint venture (JV) has secured a A$2.3bn ($1.7bn) contract with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to build and maintain more than 500 new carriages.

Comprising Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia, and UGL Rail, the JV will provide maintenance and asset management services to the new fleet for a period of 15 years.

The new intercity fleet project will see the replacement of trains carrying customers from Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, and the South Coast.

RailConnect will design and build the cars, with the first trains planned to be delivered by 2019. Deliveries will be made through to 2022.

"The JV will provide maintenance and asset management services to the new fleet for a period of 15 years."

The JV will procure, supply, install, integrate, and commission the maintenance facility installation works in addition to offering input into the design of the maintenance facility construction. The contract can also be extended for a further period of five years.

Fleet maintenance will be undertaken at a new facility in Kangy Angy, which is located between Sydney and Newcastle on the Central Coast of NSW. Mitsubishi Electric Australia will serve as technology provider, while UGL will support design and testing.

UGL's CEO Ross Taylor said: “Our partners, Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubish Electric Australia, will be responsible for delivery of the fleet from design through to final commissioning and we are delighted to be working with them to provide local support through the design and testing phases of the project.

“The New Intercity Fleet adds another significant long term maintenance contract to the order book of our Rail business and reflects UGL’s position as an industry-leading provider of rail maintenance services to the Australian market.”

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