QUEENSDLAND Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson last week announced that Bombardier NGR Consortium has been contracted to design, build, finance and maintain 75 new trains under a 32-year contract valued at about $4.4 billion.
Mr Emerson said the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Project will result in the creation of almost 500 full-time local jobs, including 150 full-time new ongoing maintenance positions at the modern, purpose-built maintenance facility at Wulkuraka in Ipswich West.
The Minister described the contract as the largest single public transport investment by any Queensland Government that will increase the capacity of the state's rail fleet by about 30 per cent, replace old rollingstock and improve the frequency of rail services.
"All new trains will be fitted with modern features to increase passenger comfort and safety and will be compatible with the existing rail network and the new Underground Bus and Train network," Mr Emerson said.
Mr Nicholls said the multi-billion dollar contract will deliver the new trains over the next five years and maintenance for a 32-year operational period, at a fixed price to ensure "there are no hidden surprises for taxpayers."
"This project is a perfect example of the Newman Government delivering on its election promises by providing better infrastructure and better planning, working with the private sector to deliver cost-effective projects," Mr Nicholls said.
Lutz Bertling, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation, said the consortium will deliver a new generation of high-performing and environmental-friendly commuter trains for Queenslanders to meet the region's rising demand for rail services.
"Bombardier's fleet maintenance will ensure that the new trains provide superior performance for the next 30 years, enabling Queensland Rail to continue to deliver reliable and cost-effective services for passengers enjoying a new standard of travelling environment," Mr Bertling said.
The new trains are being designed and engineered in Australia and will be manufactured at Bombardier's facility in Savli, India. The vehicle design is based on the Adelaide EMU train and the Bombardier VLocity design.