Bombardier is part of the GoldLinQ consortium which was selected in May by the Queensland Government to design, build, finance operate and maintain the Gold Coast’s light rail transportation system.
Other consortium members include McConnell Dowell for the project’s civil works; Keolis Downer EDI Rail (comprising Keolis and Downer EDI ) for operations and maintenance; and Plenary Group, the project’s financial arranger and commercial adviser.
Bombardier will design and supply the system-wide electrical and mechanical elements including 14, 45-metre long Flexity 2 light rail vehicles.
The GCRT system is the company’s first order for the longer 7-module Flexity 2 tram version. In what the company says is another first, the new tram’s luggage racks have been designed to accommodate surf boards to support the Gold Coast’s most popular sport.
Bombardier will supply signalling and control systems; communication systems; electrification including traction power supply substations and overhead line equipment; project management; systems engineering; and integration, testing and commissioning of the new LRVs and signalling system.
At the depot, Bombardier will provide depot and plant equipment required for LRV and rail system maintenance. In addition, the company will provide vehicle maintenance for 15 years, with KDR to undertake the wayside maintenance.
Bombardier chief country representative Australia Dan Osborne said the GRCT project was an important milestone in the company’s long term plan to grow its presence and broaden its local skills base in Australia.
President of the company’s transportation systems division Eran Gartner said the turnkey contract, in combining Bombardier’s systems integration, vehicle design and assembly, as well as signalling solutions and life cycle services wdemonstrated the “powerful combination of bringing together the full range of railway disciplines under one roof”.
“Bombardier and our partners in the GoldLinQ consortium ... will deliver to the Gold Coast a first-class light rail system from which a truly integrated and sustainable transport network will flourish and be an integral part of the long term development of the region,” Gartner said.