The Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads is a step closer to awarding Bombardier NGR consortium the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project.
The title of preferred tenderer was awarded to the consortium, which comprises Bombardier Transportation Australia, John Laing, ITOCHU Corporation and Uberior (Lloyds).
The contract includes delivery of 75 new six-car trains for the Queensland fleet. It is expected to be finalised in December.
It also includes maintenance services for a 30-year period and construction of a purpose-built maintenance centre at Wulkuraka, Queensland.
The trains are scheduled to go into service by December 2018 in order to meet the increasing demand for rail services in south-east Queensland. Testing of the first completed train is expected to occur in late 2015.
The fleet would be built to operate on the new Underground Bus and Train project.
The project will be backed using an availability payment public-private partnership finance option.
Queensland 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 day after announcing one of the most innovative public transport solutions in the world, we are getting on with the job of delivering a new passenger fleet to travel on the steeper slopes needed for the Underground Bus and Train project."
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will deliver the NGR project in partnership with Projects Queensland, while Queensland Rail will provide technical expertise to integrate the new fleet with the existing network.