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More trams arrive for the Gold Coast

Monday, November 04, 2013

GoldLinQ’s next three trams have arrived on the Gold Coast, marking 30% of the fleet now available for testing the light rail system.

CEO Phil Mumford said Bombardier’s Flexity2 trams were trucked from the Port of Brisbane during the weekend.

“All trams have now finished production with the last of the 14 being tested in Bombardier’s German and Austrian facilities before shipping to Australia,” Mr Mumford said.

“The next three are on the high seas and due to arrive in Brisbane in November.”

Mr Mumford said it was exciting to receive the completed trams ready for testing on Gold Coast tracks.

He said Gold Coast trams were manufactured in Germany due to the highly specialised expertise and equipment required.

“Stage One of light rail requires 14 trams – this low production volume means building a new production facility in Australia is not economically viable,” Mr Mumford said.

Bombardier has supplied more than 4,000 light rail vehicles worldwide.