Queensland Rail has released the fourth and fifth New Generation Rollingstock trains onto its network, after the first three trains were put into operation in mid-December.
The two new trains last week joined the first three in operation on the Gold Coast and Airport lines.
The rollout of the embattled NGR fleet is a key component of the State Government’s plans for the Commonwealth Games, which the Gold Coast will host in April.
Queensland Rail boss Nick Easy said the two newest NGR trains successfully commenced operations last Monday, January 8.
“This is another positive step in the rollout of the NGR program and delivering a modern, world-class rail network for South East Queensland, including in lead up to the Commonweal Games.”
Easy said the operator would continue to deploy NGR trains in coming months, as more and more are deemed ready for service following a comprehensive testing and safety assessment phase.
“Following the Commonwealth Games, and as more trains are deemed ready for service, the fleet will gradually be deployed across the entire South East Queensland network,” he said.
The 75-train, $4.4 billion NGR project will deliver an additional 10,000 seats to the South East Queensland rail network.