RAIL OVERHAUL: The Coalition has committed to delivering new trains to replace the aging XPT fleet if re-elected on March 28.
RAIL OVERHAUL: The Coalition has committed to delivering new trains to replace the aging XPT fleet if re-elected on March 28. Contributed

Coalition promises new trains will replace XPT

NEW state-of-the-art trains are set to replace the aging XPT fleet if the Coalition is re-elected on March 28.

Lismore MP Thomas George said it would mean faster travel and improved comfort and reliability.

"We all know the current XPT trains are getting close to their use-by date and have dropped below the standards people would expect from long-distance train travel around the world," he said.

"Regional New South Wales is no longer going to put up with second-rate trains."

The new trains would have modern seating, dining and sleeping, with the potential for wi-fi.

"The trains will travel at faster speeds so we could see significant travel savings," Mr George said.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said passengers would save almost two hours for a journey between Sydney and the North Coast and make rail a more attractive travel choice.

"We will also investigate relocating the maintenance facilities for the new trains outside Sydney to support local jobs and better timetables," he said.

If re-elected, procurement for the new trains will begin in the next term of government.



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