They show that technical issues had to be agreed with CAF to “finalize the design and allow the acquisition of long-term components and the development of the train software.”
The main areas of dispute between the two parties have been the inclination of the passenger seats, lavatories, garbage bins, crew seats, the audio entertainment system, and the location of the bike racks.
Transport for NSW also pushed for urgent visits to Spain because officials believed that dealing with CAF’s design and production team via teleconferences from Australia “could only progress so far” and could impede the agency’s ability to rectify problems.
the Herald recently revealed that the new train fleet is over three years behind schedule due to the dispute. A major delay to the $2.8 billion project means NSW passengers will have to travel on decades-old trains for much longer than planned, also posing risks to service reliability and higher costs. maintenance for the government.
The new trains were purchased to replace the state’s XPT, Xplorer and Endeavor trains, some of which are nearly 40 years old.
Under original plans, the first of the new trains were due to start entering service in NSW next year. The order comprises 117 new wagons, which will form 29 train sets of various lengths.
Labor transport spokeswoman Jo Haylen said it was clear the government had lost control of the project, and that the decision to build the trains abroad meant passengers would wait longer for them because so many modifications had to be made.
However, regional transport minister Sam Farraway said the state transport agency carried out extensive consultation with passengers and key stakeholders, including the Rail, Tram and Bus Union. “We took that feedback into account to come up with the best possible design,” he said.
Transport for NSW said in a statement that it was working closely with the consortium to finalize the last stages of detailed fleet design while train production continued in parallel.
“A schedule for the delivery of the new trains and their entry into passenger service will be known at the end of this process, and it will be noted that the production of train units is very advanced,” he said.
The dispute over “contentious design issues” comes as a separate fleet of Korean-built intercity trains is at the center of a protracted dispute between the government and RTBU, which has led to major disruptions for commuters.
CAF has been contacted for comment.
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