Bombardier Transportation has won an A$361m ($255m) contract from the Queensland Government to deliver modifications to the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains.
The company said that it will use the local supply chain to improve the fleet’s accessibility and passenger experience.
Bombardier Transportation Queensland New Generation Rollingstock project director Paul Brown said: “Bombardier is proud to partner with Queensland Government to deliver the new generation trains to the passenger rail network.
“This variation order is an important request from our customer, and we will continue to work closely with them to deliver the NGR project in line with the enhanced specifications set out by the Queensland Government.”
Under the terms of the contract, Bombardier will be responsible for design and delivery, as well as on-going maintenance of the trains over the remaining period of the public-private partnership.
Additionally, the company will spearhead the Qtectic consortium, which was awarded a contract to deliver the NGR project, and will begin work to modify the trains according to the government’s revised design specifications with industry partner Downer EDI.
Bombardier has signed a contract with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to upgrade the previously approved toilet modules for improved disability access.
The contractor will also install an extra module to each six-car train to offer better access for passengers with limited mobility.
Bombardier Transportation Southeast Asia and Australia president Wendy McMillan said: “With 70% of Queensland’s future population growth targeted in the South-East region, the NGR fleet will bring a significant 26% capacity increase to the South-East Queensland rail network to meet the growing demand for rail services.”
Each six-car train will be capable of accommodating 964 passengers and will feature on-board WiFi, CCTV, LCD infotainment displays, toilet modules and 12 allocated spaces for mobility aids.