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NSW opens Orange country rail headquarters

The UGL Regional Linx headquarters are centrally placed along NSW’s CRN

The UGL Regional Linx’s (UGLRL) new headquarters has been officially opened in Orange by acting New South Wales premier Paul Toole and minister for regional transport Sam Farraway.

The new headquarters will become the home to NSW’s country rail network, providing an updated base for the freight and supply chain industry to operate out of.

The NSW government says the UGLRL is delivering on its promise to deliver a new regional head office and purpose-built network control centre that forms part of its $1.5 billion contract to operate and maintain the Country Regional Network (CRN) on behalf of Transport for NSW.

“The CRN is the backbone of NSW’s regional rail network for all our customers, from our rail passengers to farmers and industry,” Toole says.

“To open the headquarters in Orange builds on the NSW government’s vision to deliver more jobs and major infrastructure in the regions.”

The NSW government declares the new opening as a “win-win for Orange”, with part of the former NSW Department of Primary Industries building in Kite Street now becoming the rail operations and maintenance hub.

Up to 75 UGLRL staff will work from the new headquarters to help maintain regional NSW’s freight and rail network.

The team will manage the CRN, which comprises 2,400 kilometres of operational rail lines and 3,000 kilometres of non-operational corridors, as well as 1,300 level crossings and more than 900 bridges.

Farraway says: “The NSW government has worked closely with UGLRL to ensure that not only will operational performance measures be met and exceeded, but the positive impact of increased regional employment in our communities is realised.”

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“Other major depots on the CRN will be maintained by UGLRL in Bathurst, Dubbo and West Wyalong, as well as satellite depots in Queanbeyan, Narrabri and Tamworth.”

The UGLRL says Orange was a great choice of destination for the headquarters because of where it is situated on the CRN.

“Orange is strategically located along the CRN between numerous major depots and we identified this early on as the best place to establish the hub of our operations,” UGLRL CEO John Pistak says.

“We felt it not only logical, but very important to have our people living and working on the CRN.”

The recently opened Kite Street building also houses the CRN’s network control centre, which was previously operated out of Mayfield, Newcastle.

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