MASSIVE PROJECT: An aerial view of the extensive construction site of the Wulkuraka rail maintenance depot.
MASSIVE PROJECT: An aerial view of the extensive construction site of the Wulkuraka rail maintenance depot. Contributed

Wulkuraka rail depot is right on track

QUEENSLAND Rail has started drainage works and earthworks at Wulkuraka station as part of the massive New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project.

QR says it means temporary closures of the Dixon St station entrances will be required over the next six months.

There will be alternate station access with check signs at each entrance and around the station.

The largest single investment by Queensland in trains, the State Government's NGR project aims to significantly increase the train fleet to meet the growing demand for the region's rail services.

In January, the Government announced the awarding of the NGR contract to the Bombardier NGR Consortium.

Comprising Bombardier Transportation, John Laing, ITOCHU Corporation and Uberior, it recently announced its unified brand as Qtectic.

The NGR project involves delivering 75 six-car trains being designed in Queensland and building the Wulkuraka maintenance centre. The first train scheduled for late next year will undergo testing before beginning service from mid-2016. The remaining NGR fleet will be progressively rolled out until late 2018.

Work is also being done to connect the maintenance centre to the Ipswich to Rosewood rail line.

A new pedestrian bridge will also be built to improve access at the Wulkuraka station and will include elevators to meet disability access requirements.

At the project's peak, Qtectic estimates, 514 full-time equivalent local jobs will be created or maintained and more than 1500 indirect jobs will also be created. The majority of direct jobs, more than 380, will be in Ipswich.



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