Downer consortium to build $1bn Australian rail

6th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Train manufacturer Downer EDI was Friday named as part of the winning consortium to build and run a new Aus$1 billion (US$1.06 billion) Australian light rail network.

The Queensland state government said the tender for the "traffic-busting" transit network in the thriving east coast city of Gold Coast had been won by the GoldlinQ consortium.

GoldlinQ, chosen from three shortlisted consortia, includes French transport group Keolis SA, engineering and construction company McConnell Dowell, Canada's Bombardier and infrastructure developer Plenary Group.

"This is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country -- and the first light rail project for Queensland -- and when it's completed in 2014, it will give Gold Coast residents and visitors alike easy, hassle-free commuting," Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.

Bligh said the project would deliver more than 6,300 direct and indirect jobs and transform the face of Gold Coast.

Construction is due to begin later this year with the first track expected to be laid in the second half of 2012.

-- Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this story --

© 2011 AFP

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