Jobs on track on the Fraser Coast

THE good news for job security on the Fraser Coast continued to flow yesterday with news that Maryborough's Bombardier plant is close to signing a major new contract.

The new multi-million deal involves the Adelaide Government committing to put 66 new railway cars on its tracks.

In announcing the project they said final negotiations were underway with Bombardier to do the work.

It's understood the contract will be finalised by early next year and the trains will be built at Bombardier's Dandenong manufacturing plant in Victoria with the electrical work coming from Maryborough.

The news follows the awarding of a $189 million rail contract last month to Maryborough's Downer EDI for the construction of a new tilt train to replace the Sunlander as well as an upgrade of two existing tilt trains.

Adelaide Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the government was confident it had identified a supplier and a vehicle of the highest order after a worldwide search for the best possible rolling stock.

He said the new fleet of trains was expected to begin arriving in 2012 and enter passenger service the following year after testing.

A Bombardier spokesman said the Maryborough facility had 86 full-time employees but he could not comment on the Adelaide project until a contract had been finalised.

Fraser Coast manufacturing industry spokesperson Peter Gregory of AIEMnet said he hoped the contract would be signed soon to give surety to Bombardier workers.

“Anything that will keep people working for Bombardier or any other company in this area is very welcome,” he said.

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