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The multi-million dollar Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility has officially opened today, ahead of the rollout of the New Intercity Fleet trains.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the purpose-built facility will service and maintain the new trains, and provide ongoing employment for more than 90 staff.
“There are already about 30 staff at the new Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility and recruitment is underway for additional roles in engineering, procurement, planning, and supervision,” Mr Constance said.
“UGL Rail is operating the maintenance facility under a 15-year contract, providing sustainable jobs, including five apprenticeships, which will be filled by the end of the year.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said more than 1,600 people worked on the construction of the new facility and enabling work across the network, including platform extensions and track work.
“The first New Intercity Fleet trains will enter service on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line over the coming months, once rigorous testing is complete,” Mr Toole said.
“The state-of-the-art fleet includes improved wheelchair accessibility and accessible toilets, comfortable seating with extra leg room, charging points for mobile devices and dedicated spaces for luggage, prams and bicycles.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said local businesses would benefit from ongoing contracts at the facility, including security and cleaning.
"Having this facility based on the Central Coast guarantees jobs for local people and businesses for decades," Mr Crouch said.
“The 24-hour-run facility is where the New Intercity Fleet will be washed, maintained and serviced. It is close to 500,000 square metres in size, has about six kilometres of electric rail lines, a new rail bridge, new access roads and offices and amenities for staff.”
This article first appeared on www.transport.nsw.gov.au
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