New train depot set to put 200 jobs on track

A NEW multi-million dollar train maintenance depot at Wulkuraka will go ahead with an expected 200 staff on board.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said plans by the former Bligh government to build the Ada St facility had been put on hold because of residents' concerns at a lack of community consultation.

"But this time here will be impact assessments and environmental studies and the local community will have input," Mr Choat said.

"Local residents can rest assured this time around their concerns will be taken seriously,"

"The New Generation Rollingstock project will deliver at least 75 six-car trains and include a major state-of-the-art depot development which will deliver local jobs and benefits for the Wulkuraka community."

Mr Choat said the Queensland Rail-run project would provide "long-term job creation in the region, with local employment opportunities during the construction and operation of the maintenance facility".

"Being from the railway myself, I'm thrilled this will see the traditions of rail work continue as part of Ipswich's future," he said.

"This week we will carry out a letterbox drop in the local community to make sure they are updated about the project as we move into the procurement phase."

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said his government would engage the private sector to deliver the 75 trains.

"The program will be delivered using an availability payment public-private partnership finance option," he said.

"Proponents will seek financing from the private sector rather than government fully funding the project - the same model used successfully for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Sunshine Coast University Hospital projects."

Mr Emerson said the project was in "the final bidding phase with the two proponents, Bombardier Transportation Australia and AdvanceRail - a consortium comprising Mitsubishi Corporation and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). Our focus is value for money.

"We are looking for innovation from the Bombardier and AdvanceRail bids."

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