The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, reiterated the statements he made at this morning's Annual General Meeting.
"The timetable is tight, but it is achievable if testing continues to go well," Mr Fenn said.
"Testing of the Prototype Vehicle has been very successful and so has testing of train set number one and train set number two. Train set number three, which will be the first train into service, has begun static testing and will start dynamic testing on the tracks this month.
"By mid to late December, the Waratah fleet will have travelled over 35,000 kilometres on the Sydney network.
"Downer has an industry-leading safety record and safety is embedded in Downer's culture. We are building an exceptional train for the people of New South Wales, and it will be safe and reliable.
“Under the current schedule, the first Waratah train will be ready for acceptance by RailCorp by the end of December and, under the contract, the timing of the entry into service will be determined by RailCorp."
Mr Fenn said at this morning’s Annual General Meeting that if RailCorp does not accept the first train for Practical Completion by the end of December then Downer will incur liquidated damages of approximately $250,000 per train per month of delay. Downer does not expect the possible delay of set one into revenue service to materially impact the schedule for the remaining 77 train sets.
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