Two new trams have arrived at the Port of Brisbane, following a six-week, 14,000 plus nautical mile sea journey.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said these were the first of four additional trams and will take the G:link fleet to 18.
“The Palaszczuk Government has proudly delivered Stage Two of the Gold Coast Light Rail and we are hitting new milestones every day, on the road to opening early next year,” Ms Trad said.
“These brand new trams, which are the same as those used on Stage 1, will now be tested on-track to ensure the trams are safe and reliable before opening for passenger services.
“It will also give our drivers the chance to familiarise themselves with the new 7.3-kilometre extension over the coming months.
"Another two trams are still at sea, making their way to Australia and will arrive on the Gold Coast in October.
“These FLEXITY 2 trams are the only trams in the world to have surfboard racks, something so unique and synonymous with the wonderful vibe on the Gold Coast, and the cabin front was specially designed to include a wave motif as part of the driver cabin windows.
“This is an exciting time and all measures are being taken to ensure this process runs smoothly.
“I look forward to seeing the first passengers on board once all tram testing and commissioning is complete. We are firmly on track to deliver Stage 2 ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
GoldlinQ CEO Phil Mumford said during the night-time deliveries of the new trams, light rail services had been suspended two hours earlier, and replacement bus services would also run from 10pm on Monday 25 September.
“During delivery of the new trams, the overhead line must be de-energised for safety and this will occur from 10pm on weeknights to ensure passengers services can start at 5am the following morning,” Mr Mumford said.
“Passengers will be able to continue their journey from the night bus stops next to stations and please allow extra time for your journey.”
Stage Two Facts –
- 7.3 kilometres of track
- Three new stations at Helensvale, Parkwood and Parkwood East
- Four new 60-tonne, 43-metre FLEXITY 2 trams
- 309 person capacity, priority seating for 80 with space for wheelchairs, prams and luggage
- 1,962 jobs, 92% of workers coming from the Gold Coast and South East Queensland