The Government will continue to negotiate with the preferred tenderer to ensure the best deal for Queensland. The contract is expected to be awarded in December 2013.
Testing of the first completed train is expected to commence approximately two years after contract award, and all 75 trains are to be delivered and in service by December 2018.
Project descriptionThe NGR Project involves purchasing 75, 6-car train sets to cater for the increase in passenger services as south-east Queensland grows, and to replace an aging train fleet. The final fleet number will be determined through further negotiations with the proponents.
The contract will also include the maintenance of the trains for an extended period of around 30 years, as well as construction and maintenance of a modern, purpose-built maintenance centre.
The department is delivering the project in partnership with Projects Queensland. Queensland Rail is providing valuable technical input as well as ensuring the new trains will integrate with the existing network.
Proposed new maintenance centreA significant expansion of Queensland’s passenger train fleet means that additional maintenance facilities are required.
Following an assessment of potential sites against civil, operational and environmental criteria, a site at 1 Ada Street, Wulkuraka has been identified as the preferred location for the new modern, purpose-built maintenance centre.
The department undertook a consultation process earlier this year to designate the land for community infrastructure under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The land has now been gazetted. For more information, view the Final Assessment Report in the 'Community info' tab.
On site works are expected to start by the end of 2013.