New NGR Trains Ready to Enter Service in Queensland
Bombardier Transportation is delivering the first three NGR (New Generation Rollingstock) trains to the South-East Queensland rail network this week – in partnership with the Queensland State Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Queensland Rail (QR).
With 70% of Queensland’s future population growth targeted in the South-East region, the NGR project will see a significant, 26% capacity increase to the South-East Queensland rail network to meet the growing demand for rail services. Features of the NGR trains include capacity for 964 passengers per six-carriage train, onboard WIFI, CCTV throughout the train, LCD infotainment displays, toilet modules, twelve allocated spaces for mobility aids, and more enhancements to the passenger experience.
AU$4.4 billion NGR Project
Through this project, Bombardier has created over 2,000 local jobs across the industry and supply chain. There are currently 175 employees at the Wulkuraka Maintenance Facility, with a plan to ramp up to over 200 employees once maintenance activities commence.
The AU$4.4 billion NGR project is being delivered under a Public Private Partnership awarded to Qtectic, comprising Bombardier Transportation, John Laing, Itochu and Aberdeen Standard Investments. The project includes the design and delivery of 75 new passenger trains, construction of a new maintenance centre at Wulkuraka, Ipswich and 32 years of fleet maintenance.
Andrew Dudgeon, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia, said:
“Today is a very special day for the people of South-East Queensland, and all involved in the delivery of this vital rail project”
“These trains are state-of-the-art”
“Built for Queensland’s commuters, the NGR fleet was locally designed and engineered, and will be maintained by a dedicated team of industry professionals over the next 30 years. The new fleet will provide a safer, more comfortable and better-connected passenger experience.”
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