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The NSW government will buy an extra 42 carriages for the intercity rail fleet to help cope with a surge in demand on the South Coast line from Sydney to Wollongong and Kiama.
The increase in the size of the new intercity fleet to 554 double-deck carriages will push up the cost of the government's contract with a UGL-led consortium to build and maintain the trains by $130 million to $2.43 billion. That figure does not include a new $265 million maintenance depot for the trains at Kangy Angy on the Central Coast.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance in front of a mock of a new intercity train.CREDIT:JANIE BARRETT
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said many of the extra 42 carriages would be earmarked for the South Coast line, which now had 1.7 million more passenger trips taken annually than seven years ago.
"Because we are having such an explosion in growth on the South Coast-Illawarra line, we have had to go and purchase an extra 42 carriages," he said.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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