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Haylen, Jo to the Minister for Transport and Roads
  1. Is the Government still on track to commence the purchase of additional vehicles for the Inner West Light Rail line in mid-2020?
    1. When will the announcement of these purchases be made?
  2. What other improvements to the electricity and infrastructure around the light rail line are required to improve capacity on the line?
  3. What improvements will be delivered by the Government as part of its plan to increase capacity on the line?
Answer -

I am advised:

  1. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is working towards determining a preferred vehicle type for procurement by mid-late 2020. It is expected an announcement regarding the award of a contract to procure additional vehicles will be made following approval of the business case and funding allocation.
  2. The existing network configuration, including current electrical and signalling infrastructure can support operating a six minute weekday peak frequency that will be delivered with the procurement of the four additional light rail vehicles (LRVs). Some minor infrastructure changes will need to be made if the Alstom Citadis light rail vehicle is procured. TfNSW is also investigating an option for additional stabling for the four LRVs at Lilyfield Depot. 
  3. The procurement of four additional light rail vehicles and the associated infrastructure upgrades will enable the safe and reliable provision of six minute service headways during peak weekday periods (7:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm), which will increase capacity by approximately 1,000 passengers per hour (in both directions). The replacement of up to 18 crossings will permit the removal of temporary speed restrictions associated with these crossings and improve journey time performance.
Question asked on 21 May 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 59
Answer received on 25 June 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 69