Australia’s Gold Coast orders additional Bombardier Flexity trams
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Posted: 27 November 2015 | Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
Australia’s Gold Coast Light Rail Transit system (GCLRT) has ordered an additional four Bombardier Flexity trams worth approximately $25 million AUD (€17 million). The four additional Flexity trams from Bombardier Transportation will join the 14 vehicles of the same type originally ordered in 2011. GCLRT have now exercised an option included in contract to order […]
Australia’s Gold Coast Light Rail Transit system (GCLRT) has ordered an additional four Bombardier Flexity trams worth approximately $25 million AUD (€17 million).
The four additional Flexity trams from Bombardier Transportation will join the 14 vehicles of the same type originally ordered in 2011. GCLRT have now exercised an option included in contract to order an additional four trams.
The new vehicles will be used on the northern Stage 2 extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail to Helensvale which will be delivered and operational in preparation for to the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast.
Bombardier Flexity trams delivered ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast’s trams feature a signature blue and gold colours and a wave motif on the cab front. Designed by Bombardier’s Industrial Design team in Brisbane, the Flexity type tram is also the first in the world to be built with specially designed surfboard racks.
Each tram is 43.4m long and 2.65m wide with seven modules for higher capacity and better passenger flow. The vehicles are installed with Bombardier’s Mitrac energy efficient propulsion system and its Flexx bogies to provide a smooth, comfortable ride. The trams will be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Bautzen, Germany and Vienna, Austria.
“This is another important step towards connecting the light rail to heavy rail ahead of the Commonwealth Games”
The GCLRT project is part of an 18-year public private partnership between the Queensland State Government and GoldLinQ. As operator franchisee of stage one of the GCLRT, GoldLinQ, a consortium that includes Bombardier Transportation, is responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the fleet.
GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford said “Bombardier Transport will provide four additional trams and this is another important step towards connecting the light rail to heavy rail ahead of the Commonwealth Games.”
Mr Mumford continued, “The yellow and blue trams have become synonymous with the Gold Coast and the new light rail vehicles required for Stage 2 are due to arrive from August 2017. These trams are designed specifically for the Gold Coast and will ensure the same high quality passenger experience and service frequency is maintained as the system expands.”
Carsten Bopp, Head of Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said, “In their first year, the 14 trams already in passenger service have demonstrated their reliability by completing a total of 6.5 million trips on the line connecting Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach South. This fact is proof of our strong commitment to providing high-quality, eco-friendly mobility solutions to the people of Gold Coast.”