Engineering, Passenger Rail, Rail Supply, Rolling stock & Rail Vehicle Design

$116m for new train stabling sites for SE Qld

Queensland Rail passenger train - photo QLD Matt

Jackie Trad has announced the preferred contractor to design and build train stabling facilities in four locations across the South East Queensland.

Trad, Queensland’s deputy premier and minister for transport and infrastructure, announced Leighton as the preferred contractor to deliver the $116m project on Thursday, May 7, following a “competitive” tender process.

The four stabling yards will house a total of 75 new six-car trains at Woombye, Elimbah, Banyo and Robina, from mid-2016, under the state’s $4.4 billion New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project.

“We’ll see additional train services coming online from mid-2016,” Trad said. “And just as importantly, the project will create more jobs in the local construction industry.”

It’s expected construction of the stabling yards will create as many as 700 jobs.

“Design works will commence from mid-May 2015, and construction is expected to take place between July 2015 and early-2017,” Trad outlined.

“Approximately 85% of all materials for the project will also be sourced from local suppliers.”

She said the NGR project would increase the South East Queensland passenger network’s train capacity by 30%.

“By providing additional rail stabling in more strategic locations, Queensland Rail’s network will also operate more efficiently, improving services and reducing costs,” Trad explained.

Queensland treasurer Curtis Pitt said the investment would “put Queensland on course for long-term, sustainable growth”.

“It’s another sign of our willingness to engage with business and industry to develop the economy, build new infrastructure and create more jobs for Queenslanders,” Pitt said.

Queensland Rail will host a series of information and drop-in sessions in the coming weeks to discuss the next stage of the stabling project with local residents in the four locations.

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  1. So they are going to pay for security & infrastructure at unmanned stations at Woombye (one section from Nambour a depot station) and Elimbah (one section from Caboolture a depot station)? Brilliant. Get rid of one bunch of clowns & Labor start the same malarkey. BTW from all evidence the so called “competitive tender process” is as bent/corrupt as is evidenced by the LNP wearing out it’s use in conversation despite it’s obvious failings.