North West Rail Link trains revealed

The-trains-are-tipped-to-raise-standards-of-convenience-and-safety_157_84131_0_14097708_300The much anticipated North West Rail Link project, Australia’s largest public infrastructure project, just had its trains unveiled to the public.

The new trains are fully-automated, with six carriages and running every four minutes during peak hours, ad were announced as part of a $3.7 billion contract signed by the New South Wales government. They will be built by Alstom, an international train supplier who has created rapid transit trains for cities ranging from Amsterdam to Singapore.

The project will improve commuter convenience and raise both customer service and safety standards for Sydneysiders, according to NSW Premier Mike Baird.

“Services on the North West Rail Link will start in the first half of 2019 with 15 trains an hour during the peak and 98 per cent on-time running – a much higher level of customer service than we first expected and an outstanding outcome for customers,” Mr Baird said in a September 16 statement.

The city had originally promised 12 trains an hour.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian was equally positive about the ramifications of the project.

“This project will transform and modernise public transport in Sydney forever,” she said in a release from the same day.

“Our customers tell us that frequency of services is one of the most important factors when travelling on public transport – on the North West Rail Link, you won’t need a timetable, you’ll just turn up and go.”

It will be the first fully automated rapid transit rail network in Australia, and will come complete with eight new stations, upgrades to five existing stations and 4,000 car parking spaces to allow residents to park and ride.

Buyers, whether looking to invest or find a home, will want to keep an eye on north-west Sydney. With such an extensive infrastructure program being implemented in the area, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it become an increasingly desirable space for buyers looking to settle in the Harbour City.

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