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Upgrade of the South Coast rail line progressing

State Mp for Heathcote, Lee Evans, Senior Project Manager TfNSW, Ian Gibson and NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance

STATE MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans joined the NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance at Waterfall Station today to see how major construction is progressing as part of the $600 million package to modernise and upgrade infrastructure on the rail network.

The work, which is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s More Trains, More Services Program, will support the introduction of new suburban and intercity trains, and enable more frequent train services for the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South Coast lines.

Minister Constance said the important work at Waterfall is part of a wider infrastructure upgrade plan, which includes getting the train network ready for the introduction of the New Intercity Fleet.

“At Waterfall, parts of the rail corridor north of the station are being widened for a new rail loop, which will improve the way freight and passenger services travel,” Mr Constance said.

Construction activities during recent rail shut down weekend at Waterfall Station.

Mr Evans said other improvements include extensions to platforms to make it easier for customers to get on and off longer trains, as well as a new stabling yard to increase the efficiency of rail operations.

“This is an important milestone for the project and brings us one step closer to more comfortable and reliable trips for customers, with the introduction of new 10-car trains, as well as more frequent services for the South Coast Line,” Mr Evans said.

The work will create about 350 direct new jobs and around 200 indirect jobs located either in Sydney or on the South Coast.

The upgrades at Waterfall are expected to take around two years to complete.

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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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