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New maintenance facilities at Blacktown

Posted: Friday 27 September 2013

Today marked a new era of rail maintenance excellence with the opening of state of the art maintenance facilities at Blacktown.

The new centre forms a key part of a $60 million program to consolidate 127 outdated maintenance depots into eight purpose-built Network Bases and four smaller satellite depots.

The new centres will combine the three core maintenance disciplines – electrics, civil and signals – for the first time and allow for the training, coordination and deployment of multi-disciplined work teams, improved staff training and development opportunities and streamlined work practices.

This new, more coordinated approach to maintenance management will ultimately drive improvements in reliability meaning a smoother ride for customers and fewer infrastructure related delays.

Previously, fragmented team locations meant that for one track related issue where each of the three disciplines were required to attend, the track was closed three separate times. Customers can expect fewer track closures as a result of co-located maintenance teams attending incidents together.