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The first Oscars are out and about

Posted: Friday 15 December 2006

New outer suburban cars (Oscars) began their service on the CityRail network today, with a run from Wollongong to Central Station.

Today's four-car train was the first of 122 carriages to be introduced to our fleet between now and mid 2008. The Oscars represent an investment of $439 million. Before the launch earlier this year saw testing undertaken over more than 30,00 km during 1100 hours.

"These trains deliver on our promise of improved services for rail commuters from the Illawarra, Central Coast and lower Blue Mountains," said NSW Premier Morris Iemma who, together with Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport John Watkins, was on board the inaugural journey.

The Oscars running at Bombo during testing on the South Coast Line.
The Oscars running at Bombo during testing on the South Coast Line.

Features include:
432 passenger seats per four-car set;
air conditioning;
CCTV cameras;
on board passenger information displays;
more comfortable seating with graffiti and fire resistant covering;
easy access for people with disabilities, the elderly and people with strollers; and
accessible toilets for people with disabilities.

The introduction of the Oscars will free up Tangara trains to augment services in high demand areas including the Western Line.

Destined to service the South Coast, Blue Mountains and Newcastle & Central Coast lines, the first Oscars will operate between Central and Wollongong on Thursdays and Fridays (7.34am Central to Wollongong and 9.37am Wollongong to Central services). Please note Oscars will not be operating during the Christmas/New Year period.

Interior view of the Oscar, including weelchair accessible spaces.
Interior view of the Oscars, including weelchair accessible spaces.

What the Oscars will mean to the CityRail network

900 extra seats on a new service between Macarthur, Campbelltown and the city during the morning and evening peak periods.

Up to 900 additional seats on two new peak express services on the Western Line through to North Sydney.

900 extra seats on new services on the Western, Illawarra, Campbelltown, Bankstown and North Shore lines during the morning and evening peaks to coincide with the opening of the Epping to Chatswood line.

Building up four six-car train services to eight-car trains to provide additional peak seating capacity between Campbelltown, Liverpool, Granville and the city.

Up to three additional trains to provide 30-minute service frequency all day between Campbelltown, Glenfield, Liverpool, Parramatta and Blacktown.

Building up four existing six-car train services to eight-car train services to provide extra seats between Chatswood, North Sydney, the City, Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith and Richmond during the morning and evening peak periods.

A new four-car Oscar will provide 430 extra seats on a new South Coast service between Kiama, Dapto, Wollongong and the City in the late morning as well as 430 extra seats on an existing four-car evening peak service between the City, Wollongong and Port Kembla.

From 2008 there will be additional capacity on the Campbelltown, East Hills, Bankstown and Epping lines during the peaks.