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A handful of new, Chinese-built trains are set to enter service on Sydney’s transport network, inflaming a debate between unions and government over the merits of local manufacturing.
A week after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state was "not good at building trains", one of the new Waratah Series 2 trains was unveiled at Central Station and is set to enter service on Thursday several months ahead of schedule.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance inspects a new Waratah Series 2 train on Wednesday.CREDIT:NICK MOIR
Five others remain in testing in Australia, while a further 11 are expected to arrive from China before the end of the year. They’ll operate across the T2, T3, T8 Airport and South lines. The 17 trains were expected to cost the government close to $900 million when they were ordered last year amid record growth on the city’s transport network.
The arrival of the new fleet comes as unions continue to criticise the state government’s procurement of overseas assets, including Indonesian-built ferries which will have to remove passengers from their top deck before passing under two bridges.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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