In order to meet growing demand across the Sydney Trains network, the NSW Government has announced it will fast-track the delivery of 17 new trains.
This is in addition to 24 new Waratah Series 2 trains currently in delivery, bringing the total to 41.
NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said twelve of of these new trains have already been introduced to the suburban network, and the rest are being progressively rolled out over early-to-mid 2019.
The newest trains will start rolling onto the tracks from 2020.
“This investment in new trains is needed because we have seen rapid growth across the rail system,” Mr Constance said.
“There has been a 30 per cent increase in patronage over the last five years, with the number of trips a year increasing from 300 million to more than 413 million last year.”
The NSW Government has already employed 450 additional train drivers since 2016 helping to deliver about 1500 extra train services each week.