The ProjectReliance Rail is financing, designing, manufacturing and maintaining 626 Waratah carriages - consisting of 78, eight-car sets and two spare carriages - as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Sydney Trains.
Detailed design of the Waratah trains was completed in 2009 and manufacture of the 78 sets is now in production. The project is moving through the build, testing and commissioning phase, and the first Waratah train entered passenger service in July 2011.
Reliance Rail is required to make 72 trains available to Sydney Trains for timetabled services each day until the end of the 30-year contract term.
The scope of this PPP project is broader than the delivery of the 626 carriages – the largest rolling stock order ever ordered by an Australian rail operator. It includes a contract to maintain the fleet, as well the associated design, construction and maintenance of a technologically advanced maintenance centre, and the provision of simulators for crew training. These were opened and operating in 2010.
The PPP contract term for fleet maintenance continues for 30 years after the delivery of the tenth-last train - until about 2043 - and may, at Sydney Trains’ option, be extended for two additional periods each of five years.
For more information about the PPP Project, download the Summary of Contracts here.