Queensland Train Manufacturing Program

The Queensland Train Manufacturing Program was established to meet the increasing demand for rail transport in South East Queensland over the next 10 years.

The Queensland Government's $7.1 billion Queensland Train Manufacturing Program will build 65 new six-car passenger trains at a purpose-built manufacturing facility at Torbanlea, in the Maryborough region.

A new rail facility will also be constructed in the Gold Coast region.

The Queensland Train Manufacturing Program will support South East Queensland's population and economic growth, as well as Cross River Rail and the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Construction of the facilities, trains, and maintenance of the fleet will support Queensland jobs now and into the future. The program brings with it a pipeline of training and development opportunities to bolster Queensland as the train building capital of Australia.

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Benefits

  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

The Queensland Train Manufacturing Program includes funding for:

  • construction of 65 six-car passenger trains
  • a $239 million purpose-built manufacturing facility in the Maryborough region for major manufacturing/assembly works for the new fleet
  • construction of a new rail facility in the Gold Coast region to support the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program fleet
  • additional stabling and train wash infrastructure in South East Queensland
  • operational expenditure to sustain jobs and maintenance of the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program.

Funding

Investment ID: 1804863

Total investment
$7.1 billion
Queensland Government
$7.1 billion

Current status

From June 2022, road works will begin at these locations on the Bruce Highway:

  • approximately 2km south of Torbanlea
  • at the entrance to the site on Ritchie Road.

These works are estimated to take 5–6 months to complete. Motorists may experience minor traffic delays and occasional lane closures during this time.

Shortlisted applicants, Alstom, CAF and Downer Rail are currently developing detailed proposals, including the design of the facilities and trains, with proposals due to be submitted in mid-2022.

It is expected an announcement will be made at the end of 2022 of the preferred applicant who will deliver the Program.

Probity requirements for this process have commenced. Compliance with probity requirements is critical to ensuring a fair procurement process. You can request a copy of the probity governance and guidelines of the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program by emailing qtmp@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Accessibility

We've undertaken early and comprehensive engagement with the disability sector to co-design the new trains, to ensure that the fleet is compliant, accessible and functional for all passengers.

We have taken onboard all recommendations from the New Generation Rollingstock Commission of Inquiry, and are working closely with Commissioner Michael Forde and the Queensland Accessible Transport Advisory Council.

An accessibility advisor has been appointed to the program.

Torbanlea manufacturing facility

We assessed several sites within a 25km radius of Maryborough before selecting the Torbanlea site. In 2021, we acquired the land for the manufacturing facility under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 (Qld). Read more about how we acquire land.

We conducted extensive environmental assessments at the site and surrounding areas, including flora and fauna investigations. These results will guide the design and construction of the manufacturing facility.

It is expected that only the land needed for the footprint of the facility will be cleared. Future rehabilitation works are planned to restore vegetation native to the project site.

The design and inclusions of the facility is dependant on the proposal developed by the successful applicant, as well as environmental and planning approvals.

Different impacts can be expected during each stage of the project. This can include:

  • increased vehicle movements for the delivery of materials
  • changes to usual traffic conditions
  • construction noise and dust.

We will make sure impacts are managed and keep the local community informed as the project progresses.

Construction of the manufacturing facility is expected to start in early 2023.

Maryborough region community engagement

Five information sessions were held from 27 April 2022 to 7 May 2022 across the Maryborough region. More than 500 locals attended to discuss the program, as well as jobs and opportunities that will be generated for the region.

Supply chain information

Find out how to register your interest to supply goods and services to this project.