The final of 75 six-car commuter trains, the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains, has entered service in Queensland, Australia.
The manufacturer of the NGR trains, Bombardier Transportation, celebrated the trains’ entry into passenger service. Bombardier did not just deliver the commuter trains, it will also maintain the fleet at the Wulkuraka maintenance centre for a period of 32 years.
The majority of population growth in Queensland is forecast to take place in the southeast of the state. The NGR fleet will contribute to rail capacity increases and accommodate passengers’ desires for more rail services.
“Our highly efficient commuter cars have been performing well, providing passengers in Queensland with a safe and comfortable ride. Bombardier is providing mobility solutions through its NGR and Gold Coast projects, helping the Queensland Government deliver its economic and public transportation development programs.
“This significant milestone of the last NGR train delivery in Queensland was achieved thanks to close collaboration between Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland Rail, Bombardier and our partners. Bombardier has created more than 2,000 local jobs across the industry and supply chain throughout this project.”
Both the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail have put the trains through rigorous tests and commissioning. Since the first NGR train entered passenger service in December 2017 they have completed more than 8 million in-service kilometres and completed more than 150,000 passenger journeys.
In 2019 Bombardier and the Queensland Government signed a contract worth 335.7 million AUD (205.5 million euros | 226 million USD) to make modifications to the NGR trains currently starting passenger service on the South-East Queensland network.
Bombardier is the lead company in the Qtectic consortium, which has been contracted to deliver the New Generation Rollingstock project. It will team up with an industry partner to deliver the revisions requested by the Queensland Government. Following the upgrades, Queensland’s trains will be among the most accessible in the country.
Bombardier has more than 1,000 local employees in Australia.
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