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The delivery of NSW's multibillion-dollar fleet of new intercity trains from South Korea is running late, which risks delaying the start of their first passenger services until the first half of next year.
The first of the trains to roll off the assembly line had initially been expected to arrive by ship in March but they are now unlikely to be delivered until November or December.
The trains will have to undergo three to four months of testing after they arrive, which means the original plan to press them into regular passenger services on the rail line from Sydney to the Central Coast and Newcastle late this year is unlikely to be realised.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance in front of a mock of one of the new intercity trains.CREDIT:JANIE BARRETT
Construction of a $265 million maintenance facility for the intercity trains at Kangy Angy on the Central Coast is also running late due to factors such as multiple design changes.
While it was due to become operational this year, sources say only about a third of the facility covering 50 hectares has been completed. It will now not become operational until next year.
Transport for NSW secretary Rodd Staples said the first of the new trains would arrive late this year, and a "timeline for them to enter service would be confirmed once they arrive".
"There are a number of moving parts involved in any project of this scale and we will continue to work closely with RailConnect to get these trains on the tracks as soon as possible for our intercity customers," he said in a statement.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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