Train from Spain on way

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The first of Auck­land’s new trains is wrapped and ready for ship­ping this week­end.

The elec­tric train left the Con­struc­ciones y Aux­il­lair Fer­ro­car­riles (CAF) fac­tory in Spain last week and is now in tran­sit to the port of San­tander.

The ship car­ry­ing the train will ar­rive in Auck­land in early Septem­ber.

Once here the train will be taken from the port to the new $100 mil- lion train main­te­nance de­pot at Wiri for check­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Be­tween Septem­ber and April the new train, and oth­ers as they ar­rive, will be thor­oughly tested and used for driver train­ing be­fore go­ing into op­er­a­tion.

Auck­land Trans­port’s chief ex­ec­u­tive David War­bur­ton says the first train has been de­liv­ered on time.

‘‘Th­ese trains will rev­o­lu­tionise pub­lic trans- port by rail in Auck­land,’’ Mr War­bur­ton says.

‘‘The trains look clean and sim­ple but they are state of the art.’’

The Span­ish fac­tory is build­ing a fleet of 57 three-car train sets to carry pas­sen­gers on the Auck­land sub­ur­ban rail net­work.

The three-car trains carry up to 375 pas­sen­gers. All trains are due to be in op­er­a­tion by late 2015.

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