Welcome move: Gympie MP David Gibson welcomes the State Government’s move to enhance Tilt Train services.
Welcome move: Gympie MP David Gibson welcomes the State Government’s move to enhance Tilt Train services. Photo Digitally Enhanced

Tilt Train plans on track

PUBLIC transport users in the Gympie region have welcomed the announcement of $189 million for the delivery of a new Tilt Train and the upgrade of two existing Tilt Train services.

Regular rail commuter, LNP Member for Gympie David Gibson said it was good news for the people of Gympie.

“I took the Tilt Train just this week to travel to Brisbane for Parliament and do so as often as I can so this announcement is really welcomed news,” he said.

“Every time I take the train I join with local people waiting on the platform for the Tilt Train, so this will definitely benefit Gympie.

“However, along with new Tilt Train services we also need to provide additional city rail services to Gympie North in the middle of the day. The people of Gympie have been asking for additional rail services for some time.”

Mr Gibson said the new Tilt Train should provide improved timetable services from Gympie North.

“However what determines if people will use the train will be the time table and I hope that from this there will be an improvement to the timetable for Gympie North services,” he said.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss congratulated Maryborough company Downer EDI for being awarded the contract to supply the new Tilt Train and upgrade the two existing trains.

The company is a major employer in Maryborough and supports jobs across the region.

“This is great news for the workers at Downer EDI and for the local economy,” Mr Truss said.

“Downer EDI Rail and Walkers before that have been manufacturers at the leading edge of world technology and I am pleased that their skill and ability has been recognised through this contract.”

He said the company had also tendered to supply 200 new trains to Queensland Rail.

“For more than a year the workers at Downer EDI have had to live with uncertainty and in fear that the state Labor Government would export their jobs to China as part of its $2 billion tender for 200 new trains,” Mr Truss said.

“Today’s announcement provides Downer EDI with some security until 2014, but the $2 billion tender is the deal that would seal our region’s economic future.”

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