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$2.8 billion to be spent on air-conditioned trains for NSW

The NSW government will spend $2.8 billion on a new fleet of intercity trains that it says will be more comfortable and for the first time result in all carriages having air-conditioning.

About 65 new intercity trains, including about 520 new carriages, will carry passengers to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, and the Illawarra.

The state government expects the first train will be in service by 2019 and the new fleet will be progressively rolled out through to 2024.

Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government was considering opening up some carriages to private industry to offer refreshments onboard.

Ms Berejiklian also said the government hoped to have toilets available on all the new trains as well.

Fairfax Media


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