Northern Rivers Community to benefit from new train fleet
Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the news that a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver a brand new fleet of trains to replace the ageing XPT fleet.
“This is fantastic news for our community and means faster travel times, improved comfort and better reliability on regional train services,” Mr George said.
“We all know the current XPT trains are getting close to their use-by-date and have dropped below the standards people would expect from long-distance train travel around the world.
“Regional NSW is no longer going to put up with second-rate trains.
“The new trains will be state-of-the-art with modern and comfortable seating, dining, sleeping and entertainment options, including the potential for WIFI. They will also include enhanced security and better access for the elderly and people with a disability.
“The trains will travel at faster speeds so we could see significant travel savings.”
Mr George said transport in Country NSW was ignored by Labor for 16 years and thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, the community is finally seeing the investment it deserves.
“I will be working with the local community to make sure the new trains include all the features the community would expect, including comfortable seats, lots of luggage space and modern on board facilities,” Mr George said.
“The government will also investigate putting maintenance facilities for the new trains outside Sydney to support local jobs.”
If re-elected, procurement for the new trains will begin in the next term of government.