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Blue Mountains trains

posted Monday 12 December 2016
As described in earlier items dated August, September and October, Action for Public Transport wrote to the NSW Minister for Transport about the new fleet of intercity trains which replace the ageing V-sets. A reply, via the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, states:
As you are aware, the NSW Government is delivering a new fleet of intercity trains. It will replace those used on the Blue Mountains Line and offer customers greater comfort, reliability and convenience. The first train will enter service in 2019.

Government policy is that intercity trains will continue to run to Lithgow Station

Another reply states:

Based on customer feedback, comfort was the key priority for the new intercity fleet. As such, reversible seating was not possible without compromising comfort and seating amenities, such [as] tray tables and cup holders, and USB and power charging capabilities.

In regard to capacity, the new intercity fleet will operate as 10 and 8 car sets. The 10 car sets will have 820 seats, the same capacity as V-Sets servicing the Blue Mountains and Newcastle. The 8 car sets will have 650 seats compared to 864 on the Oscars servicing the Illawarra and South Coast. Based on current services and projected demand, more than 95 per cent of Intercity customers will have a seat available on the new intercity fleet.

Additionally, the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study includes measures to increase capacity on the T1 Western Line. You may be assured Transport for NSW will continue to monitor patronage on the T1 Western Line and make improvements to the timetable where they are most needed.

Regarding your suggestion for the CarriageWorks site, I understand there are no plans to reserve this site for the construction of flyovers.

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