NSW Regional Rail Project Brings Jobs to Dubbo

EMS Group’s Equipment and Labour Hire Manager, Matt Martin, and Downer Group’s Project Manager, Rob Velins, at the Regional Rail Project Briefing held in Dubbo on 26 September 2017

EMS GROUP WELCOMES THE REGIONAL RAIL PROJECT

In August 2017 NSW Government announced it would replace all trains operating on the NSW regional rail network. It indicated that Government-owned land off White Street in Dubbo was the preferred location to build the new maintenance facility.

By 2020, a new regional NSW diesel and electric fleet will replace the existing aging trains travelling between major regional centres and Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. Apart from a “better, more reliable service” for long distance customers, the government has made it clear that the project will boost regional maintenance jobs.

It will be a government mandate that the successful tenderer works with local operators as much as possible. Preference will be given to strong, innovative businesses with solid local community ties.

In a briefing attended by EMS, the NSW government gave insight into how regional partnerships can be formed between China and regional New South Wales; and an overview of its approach to the Regional Rail Project.

EMS investing in Rail

The government’s announcement could not have come at a better time for EMS. We recently added a 17-tonne Hitachi Hi Rail Excavator and an 8-tonne Yanmar Hi Rail Excavator to our equipment hire fleet.

Director Tom Cavanagh says after investigating opportunities to increase EMS’s capacity to service the specific needs of our clients in the rail industry, these purchases made good commercial sense.

“With a growing national focus on rail and our Equipment Hire Manager, Matt Martin’s extensive experience in rail equipment, we are strategically expanding our resources to increase our overall capacity,” Tom said.

“We’ve built our fleet around our existing clients’ specific needs,” Matt said.

The recently acquired rail equipment machinery is already on consignment to project work across NSW Australia, ranging from loading rail trains and regulating ballast.

Looking ahead

The government has announced that the final tender for the project will be awarded in early 2019, with diesel and electric trains delivered in 2020. Dubbo will see a significant increase in available traineeships and apprenticeships, with high value jobs in assembly and maintenance. In addition to this immediate boost to the local economy, there is real long term potential for rail to become a rail maintenance hub.

EMS is looking forward to the business and investment opportunities the regional rail network will bring to Dubbo and the Orana region.

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