Bombardier consortium preferred for Queensland train contract

The Queensland Government has named a consortium which includes Bombardier and John Laing as the preferred bidder for the ‘Next Generation Rolling Stock‘ programme.

Negotiations are now underway with the Bombardier Transportation Australia, John Laing, ITOCHU Corporation and Uberior (Lloyds) consortium for the delivery of 75 new six-car trains, a purpose-built maintenance depot and 30-year maintenance contract.

Premier Campbell Newman said: “The New Generation Rollingstock project is the largest order of new trains in Queensland and lives up to this Government’s election promise to deliver better planning and infrastructure.”

The contract, which will be delivered through a public-private partnership (PPP), is expected to be awarded by the end of the year, with testing of the first completed trainset then set to begin in two years time.