NSW regional rail fleet set for upgrade

Following a two-year procurement process, Transport for NSW has awarded the $2.8 billion project to design, build and maintain the new regional rail fleet to Momentum Trains.

The project will deliver a new rail fleet for North Coast Line, Western Line and Southern Line customers in rural and regional NSW.

It includes the construction of the new rail fleet for 10 regional intercity trains, nine short regional trains and 10 long regional trains, as well as building a rail maintenance facility in Dubbo, in NSW’s Central West. Momentum Trains will also maintain the fleet for at least 15 years.

The new trains will come into service progressively, with the first expected to be running from 2023.

The project is expected to create some 200 jobs during the construction phase, around 60 jobs during train completion works, and around 50 permanent jobs during ongoing operations, including a number of apprenticeships and traineeships.

Following an EOI process and market sounding, Transport for NSW shortlisted three consortia as preferred tenders - Momentum Trains, Bombardier and Downer.

ICN NSW Deputy Director Ian Hudson said ICN assigned a staff member each of the three bidders with “Chinese walls” in between to ensure that there was no sharing of information.

“An ICN representative also visited companies and Aboriginal organisations in the region that might have a part to play in the finishing or maintenance of the trains or the construction of the maintenance facility,” he said.

“ICN encouraged them to make sure they were present on Gateway. If they were, they were encouraged to check that their company profile was current and presented their company in the best light.”

With ICN’s assistance, Transport for NSW held briefings in Dubbo to meet with local industry participants.

During the process, two of the consortia, Momentum Trains and Bombardier, used ICN Gateway to collect expressions of interest for the tender stage of the project.

“There were 325 registrations of interest across the two project pages, five per cent of which were from Aboriginal businesses,” Ian said.

Since the announcement of the winning consortium, ICN NSW Regional Manager Jerone Bodiam, has been liaising with Momentum Trains to publish project pages and allow interested parties to lodge an EOI.

Interested suppliers should ensure they have an up-to-date company profile on ICN Gateway and that their notifications are set appropriately. If you need any help setting up your notifications please call the ICN Customer Care Team on 1300 961 139.