The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver new train carriages and extra seats on the South Coast to address a huge spike in customer demand during the week and on the weekends.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the investment in the South Coast services is only because of the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
The investment in South Coast services includes:
• An additional 42 New Intercity Fleet carriages, which will see eight car trains increased to 10 car trains for peak hour services.
• An extra peak hour service between Wollongong and the Sydney CBD, providing a 15 minute frequency for express services at Wollongong, North Wollongong, Thirroul and Helensburgh in the peaks.
• An extra off peak service each hour between Wollongong and the Sydney CBD, meaning a train every 30 minutes; and
• Expanded weekend OSCAR services, which will see most four carriage trains increased to eight carriage trains early next year.
“The new Intercity Fleet carriages will provide a much needed extra 13,000 seats for South Coast customers across the busiest times of the week,” Mr Constance said.
“We are also improving weekend services between Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney as part of the NSW Government’s $4.3 billion More Trains, More Services program.
“It will add 20,000 extra seats by making 22 four car OSCAR services between the South Coast and Sydney eight car services from January.
“This is great news for customers on one of the fastest growing lines on the network. We now have 1.7 million extra passengers catching trains on the South Coast, compared to seven years ago.”
Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward welcomed the capacity boost.
“Labor completely neglected regional NSW in their 16 years of government, including cutting more than 2,000 weekly train services across the network,” Mr Ward said.
“Since 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals have introduced over 36,000 new public transport services across NSW, and we will continue to deliver more.”
Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said the local communities will benefit.
“This will stimulate more growth for local businesses, with the trip from Sydney on the train more attractive and easier for visitors, as well as making the trip to work easier for locals.”
The 42 additional New Intercity Fleet carriages will bring the total number ordered to 554.
New vision of Intercity Fleet carriages in the factory: