Maritime and Transport | Rail

Sixth rail Centre of Excellence set to open in Sydney

9 Jul 2014, by Informa Australia

railway-336702_640Another new rail maintenance facility is set to open its doors in the New South Wales capital, the latest in a series of centres that have been constructed thanks to state government funding.

The new rail Centre of Excellence – the sixth out of a total of eight to be built in New South Wales – will be based in Clyde in Western Sydney. The primary goal of these facilities is to modernise the outdated rail management and maintenance practices still being employed across the state’s network.

“The NSW government committed as part of its Fixing the Trains reforms to overhaul Sydney Trains maintenance and that is what we are doing,” said Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian.

“We have now reached another major milestone, with 75 per cent of around 130 disjointed maintenance depots now spread into six brand new Centres of Excellence across the train network.”

Worth $60 million in total, the program will establish four smaller satellite facilities in addition to the eight main centres. Along with the new facility at Clyde, Centres of Excellence have already been set up at Blacktown, Sydenham, Gosford, Wollongong and Glenfield.

Work continues on the remaining sites at Lawson, Hornsby, Granville and the CBD.

“The former depots were a legacy of years of disorganised maintenance strategy that were using outdated and inefficient maintenance practices,” said Ms Berejiklian.

The construction of the centres have been possible largely due to the New South Wales government’s increase in funding – which reached a total of $1.105 billion in 2013-14 – for the rail maintenance sector. This investment is set to rise even further in the future, amounting to $1.12 billion over 2014-15.

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