NSW, Federal Gov’t launch national approach to revive local rail manufacturing industry

Image credit: NSW Premier Chris Minns's Twitter 

The New South Wales government said it is manufacturing the next fleet of Tangara trains locally, paving the way for the creation of new jobs and a more reliable rail network. 

NSW has partnered with the Federal Government to launch a coordinated, national approach to rebuild the NSW rail manufacturing industry in a sustainable way. 

The two governments held a joint roundtable yesterday, 24 July, to discuss the future of rail manufacturing in the country and to map out a plan to restore and strengthen the critical industry in NSW and across Australia. 

The roundtable is a critical first step on the path to NSW’s commitment to build the next generation of trains that replace the Tangaras in NSW, according to state Premier Chris Minns. 

Assistant Federal Minister for Manufacturing Senator Tim Ayres said NSW is now “heading in the right direction” by building the next generation of trains locally.  

“The National Rail Manufacturing Plan is the key component of the Albanese government’s plan to see more trains built and designed by Aussies,” Senator Ayres said. “Our plan will ensure the sector is better placed to take advantage of the upcoming opportunities in rail procurement by driving a more nationally coordinated approach to rail manufacturing, to provide the certainty industry needs to invest in Australia.”

The event sought to convene a wide range of industry representatives in the event, including rolling stock manufacturers and small to medium-sized businesses and unions involved in the wider rail manufacturing supply chain. 

In a media release, the NSW government said it supports the development of a nationally coordinated approach to rail manufacturing, supporting the development of a sustainable, ongoing work-stream for the industry. 

The state government added that it will collaborate with the Australian Government, industry, and other states and put aside state rivalries and work together in the national interest to boost the Australian rail manufacturing industry.