150 new jobs on track for city with $4.4b deal

SEVENTY-FIVE new trains for the south-east will bring 150 jobs to a new Wulkuraka maintenance facility as early as next year.

The State Government officially announced the $4.4b deal to buy the 75 new Indian-built six-car trains from the Bombardier NGR consortium.

The trains will be delivered over the next five years and are expected to be operational until 2046.

While a statement from the State Government said they expected the first train late next year, the Bombardier NGR said they expected the first train to be in service by mid-2016.

State Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the project would deliver 500 jobs, including 150 jobs to Ipswich at the Ada St maintenance facility.

"This project will provide 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," he said.

"All new trains will be fitted with modern features to increase passenger comfort and safety with the existing rail network and the new Underground Bus and Train network."

The plan to build the facility in Wulkuraka has already proved controversial with residents pushing for the $110m workshop to be built at the existing Redbank rail yards.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat has previously told the QT the site was selected as the facility had to be built from scratch and Redbank was already used by Aurizon.

According to the State Government the Wulkuraka facility will only service the new trains.

A statement from the Bombardier NGR consortium said the new trains were being designed and engineered in Brisbane but would be manufactured at Bombardier's facility in Savli, India.

NGR Project Company CEO Michael Chadwick said the agreement was a major boon for the local economy.

"We will deliver to south-east Queensland a new generation of trains ready for the long-term commuter needs of the region," he said.

ON TRACK

  • The State Government yesterday announced 75 new six-car trains would be delivered for $4.4b.
  • The trains will be built by Bombardier in Savli, India
  • They will be serviced out of a purpose-built maintenance facility at Wulkuraka.
  • The first trains will be delivered between late 2015 and mid 2016.


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