Tender moments as we wait
WHILE the tender stage of Queensland Rail's passenger train bid is tipped to be nearing, officials are staying mum on the issue.
Maryborough's Downer EDi Rail and Bombardier companies were last year short-listed as one of three companies to progress to the tender stage to build 200 three-car passenger trains.
However, the expressions of interest stage has dragged on and last week Member for Maryborough Chris Foley told the Chronicle some movement was happening behind the scenes and the project would be put out to tender soon.
A Queensland Rail spokesperson said yesterday: “As demand for passenger services in south-east Queensland grows, Queensland Rail is undertaking a project to significantly increase the size of our fleet.
“The New Generation Rollingstock project is examining options to purchase up to 200 three-car trains to replace old rolling stock and add to the existing fleet.
“The next milestone in this project will be the release of the Request for Proposal.
“No decisions will be made until consultation is complete and feedback is considered.”
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the QR contract was a matter for the State Government but he would do anything he could to help the Maryborough venture.
“They (State Government) can't keep something like this in mothballs forever,” he said.
“QR is certainly behind the promised scheduled decision date, which has created a longer period of uncertainty for workers.
“The foundries have been significant in Maryborough for so long and there have been some build-up of contracts that are nearing completion.
“The city is used to the cycles but the industry will be dealt a blow if the QR contract were to go to another state or overseas.”