Bombardier consortium wins tender for Wulkuraka

A CONSORTIUM headed by Canadian multinational Bombardier is the preferred tenderer to build the controversial railway maintenance centre at Wulkuraka.

Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson yesterday announced the Bombardier NGR Consortium as the preferred tenderer for the project that includes 75 new six-car trains, maintenance of the trains for 30 years and the construction and maintenance of the maintenance centre at Wulkuraka.

Mr Emerson said all 75 trains would be delivered and in service by December 2018.

"The contract will be finalised in the coming months with the testing of the first completed train expected to commence in late 2015," he said.

Representatives from more than 20 local families met at Wulkuraka earlier this month for a public meeting to discuss their concerns about the facility.

Those in attendance voiced their displeasure that written submissions outlining their concerns went unheard during an inadequate consultation period

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said yesterday's announcement was "a good thing as it means 200 local jobs and a quality use of the site is a step closer".

"Community concern is still my priority and they can be assured the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) facility will be operated in line with residents' expectations," he said.

Transport and Main Roads is delivering the project in partnership with Projects Queensland.

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