Seven rail contracts worth more than $70 million have been awarded and are underway for Queensland Rail in Maryborough.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the projects were committed to Downer late last year in order to ensure the continued support of local rail jobs in Maryborough.
“In September 2017, the Queensland Government committed a series of works valued at approximately $70 million to Downer to ensure it continued to sustain local jobs at its Maryborough workshop. I’m pleased to confirm seven contracts have now been awarded, with work now well underway on many of these major pieces of work,” Mr Bailey said.
“This builds upon a major $21 million project awarded to Downer in March to overhaul 15 diesel-electric locomotives, which haul the Kuranda Scenic Railway train in Cairns, the Inlander, the Spirit of the Outback and the Westlander.
“Additionally, the awarding of a $14.6 million contract in March to overhaul 18 bogie sets on Queensland Rail’s IMU 160/260 Citytrain fleet will build upon $7.8 million in bogie overhaul works for the IMU 120/SMU200 series, which has been underway since this contract was awarded in 2017,” he said.
Further contracts now underway include $6.8 million overhaul of 32 air conditioning units, $900,000 to service 33 transformers which convert electricity into a manageable power supply for trains on the South East Queensland network, and $770,000 to overhaul the converter cooling on the IMU160/260 series.