The Regional Rail Fleet Project will start to ramp up in 2020 as work begins on the new maintenance facility in Dubbo.

NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project would open the door to new opportunities for local businesses, suppliers and create more jobs in regional communities.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are building on our commitment to support our regions and will deliver a first-class rail fleet for passengers,” Mr Toole said.

“The $2.8 billion project will include building the maintenance facility in Dubbo along with replacing the existing XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains.

“The new fleet will be maintained in Dubbo to boost and support our regional economies.

“The new facility will create around 200 jobs during the construction phase and approximately 50 long term jobs when it opens, including apprenticeships and traineeships.”

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said locals could expect to see the maintenance facility site become busy with construction activities during next year and into 2021.

“The facility will include a main building for standard maintenance, a second for wheel maintenance and a train wash facility using non-potable water,” Mr Saunders said.

“The project will also include straightening the Main Western Line through the site and building three tracks within the facility for train maintenance and three outside of it.”

Planning and design activities for the Regional Rail Fleet Project are progressing with the first new trains expected to be running from 2023 and the full fleet coming into service progressively.