The Regional Rail Fleet project signals a game-changing era for regional rail in NSW
The Regional Rail Fleet project has been dubbed as one of the most exciting transformations to occur for passenger rail in NSW for decades. The NSW Government will be replacing the ageing NSW regional rail fleet of XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains, which includes trains that are up to 36 years old.
As part of the wider project, the new train maintenance facility to be built in Dubbo has also been earmarked as a game-changer for the role it will play in stimulating the regional economy and creating sustainable job opportunities and skills. The involvement of Willow, as lead architect for the Maintenance Facility, signals a step change in the way rail and infrastructure as a whole, is now being approached and embraced by governments and the private sector.
Sydney-based company, Willow, is a global pioneer in digital twins for the built world and has created a new category that empowers people and organisations to connect with the built world in a whole new way.
Commissioned by CPB Contractors, Willow’s team of digital architects led the design of the new purpose-built maintenance facility during the tender phase and will now progress the winning concept scheme through the detailed design and construction phases.
Willow is not new to the infrastructure space. Over recent years, the company has been providing digital engineering and architectural services for multiple large-scale infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally. Willow’s appointment on TfNSW’s Digital Engineering Panel also demonstrates the company’s expertise in the field.
David Lennox, Willow’s Infrastructure and Operations Lead, said they are excited about building on the team’s vision, innovation and hard work during the bid phase, to now driving the successful solution and delivery of this important facility.
“We are excited to be designing a facility that will positively change the employment landscape of NSW. We have invested significant effort in developing our infrastructure team over the past year and this key win adds to our growing portfolio of road, rail and aviation projects across the globe,” David Lennox said.
Willow’s combination of digital architects, digital engineers and software engineers allows the company to provide a holistic approach to the design, management and operation of infrastructure assets and is a direct response to the ever-growing need for an integrated approach throughout an asset’s entire lifecycle.
Willow CEO and Co-founder, Josh Ridley, said that customers, in particular governments, are continually seeking clarity of design, certainty of construction, and efficiencies during operations. WillowDigital understand the processes required to harness the technology of today, innovation of tomorrow and unlock the power of data. This expertise is essential as we partner with CPB Contractors to drive new regional growth for Australia.
“Our mission is to not only empower our customers, but to empower every person and organisation by offering them a whole new way in which to connect with the built world. Together with our employees, customers, partners and communities, we are continually evolving and striving to make the world more sustainable, connected, intuitive and innovative,” Josh Ridley said.