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Bombardier team to deliver 75 trains for QLD

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> A Bombardier-led consortium will deliver the next generation of south east Queensland’s passenger trains – the largest contract for new rolling stock to be awarded in the state’s history. </span> <p>Bombardier NGR, a consortium consisting of Bombardier Transportation Australia, John Laing, Itochu and Uberior, will deliver 75 new six-car trains, maintenance services for a period of around 30 years, and construction of a purpose-built maintenance centre, as part of the Queensland government’s New Generation Rollingstock project.</p><p>All 75 trains are expected to be in action by December 2018.</p><p>The state’s premier, Campbell Newman, said the new fleet would be a boost to public transport in the Brisbane area.</p><p>“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,” Newmand said.</p><p>He made the announcement the after the state government announced plans for a $5bn combined bus and train tunnel to cross under Brisbane’s centre, as a solution to congestion on both networks.</p><p>“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,” he said.</p><p>State treasurer, Tim Nicholls, said the government would use an availability payment PPP finance option for the New Generation project.</p><p>“There has been a rigorous procurement process with tenderers having to demonstrate value for money and innovation in their bids,” Nicholls explained.</p><p>A formal contract is expected to be finalised by early 2014.</p><p>Bombardier is a Canadian-based train and plane manufacturer, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company posted a revenue of $16.8bn in 2012.</p><p>John Laing is a British public sector project developer with a vast amount of experience in both PPPs and rail projects.</p><p>Itochu is a Japanese general trading company, which retails a variety of products, including machinery.</p><p>Uberior is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lloyds Bank – traditionally considered as one of Britain’s ‘big four.'</p>