Baird: Western Sydney trains airconditioned

Premier Mike Baird alighted from the 2.07pm Penrith service on to platform 4 at Parramatta station today to announce the delivery of Sydney’s final Waratah train.

The Premier joined Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, Granville MP Tony Issa, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and Seven Hills Liberal candidate Mark Taylor to announce that all 78 Waratah trains had been delivered.

‘‘Every train in western Sydney will now be airconditioned,’’ Mr Baird said. ‘‘It’s a fantastic development for commuters and great news for the city.’’

Premier Mike Baird using his Opal card to exit Parramatta train station today. Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Premier Mike Baird using his Opal card to exit Parramatta train station today. Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Mr Baird said in March, 2011, under the previous state Labor government, not one train on the T5 Cumberland or T6 Carlingford lines had airconditioning.

Mr Issa, a former  station master,  told the Sun the quality of trains in NSW had vastly improved since his time at Clyde station more than 20 years ago.

‘‘They’re smoother, there’s less noise and they’re cleaner,’’ Mr Issa said. ‘‘People will now be able to use decent, clean public transport. We’ve also got proper security on these trains, so people will be safer.’’

The Waratah project is a $3.6million public private partnership to provide 78 trains and train maintenance. The Waratahs feature 32 help points, hearing aid loops, electronic display screens, wider entrance areas for improved accessibility and energy saving LED safety lighting.

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