Queensland government has shortlisted three train manufacturers to enter the next phase of the Rolling Stock Expansion Programme (REP) as part of the plans to acquire a new electric train fleet consisting of 65 vehicles, which includes the options. The contract is expected to be awarded in 2022.
Alstom, CAF, and Downer Rail have been shortlisted to manufacture the first 20 trains of the new fleet in a purpose-built Maryborough manufacturing facility following an extensive Expression of Interest (EOI) process run by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
The government has committed a AUD 600 million (USD 450 million) investment for the purchase of 20 new six-car trains which will be manufactured in Queensland. The contract includes an option for 45 additional trains.
In addition, AUD 1 million (USD 749,700) will be allotted for a business case to build replacement carriages for Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback long – distance services.
The new electric train fleet will provide considerable benefits, modernising and allowing the expansion of South East Queensland’s passenger train fleet to support the region’s booming population and economic growth.
“We’re ensuring the manufacturing and maintaining of trains is being done by Queenslanders to support jobs in Maryborough and other regional centres,” Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing Bruce Saunders said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it builds on the 283 jobs saved by the Government in 2017, and all up delivers a AUD 1 billion (USD 750 million) guaranteed pipeline of train building work at the Maryborough facility.
“This AUD 1 billion pipeline is critical to Queensland’s economic recovery, and will ensure there are efficient and reliable services for our growing train network for Cross River Rail and beyond,” Bailey said.
The Queensland government is carrying out the New Generation Rolling Stock (NGR) train programme which has a total investment of AUD 4.4 billion (USD 3.3 billion). The project covers the modernisation and accessibility upgrades for 75 six-car trains to meet the requirements for passengers with a disability. AUD 335.7 million (USD 251.6 million) NGR upgrade programme is delivering the most accessible train fleet in Queensland.