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New trams ordered for Gold Coast light rail extension

Bombardier is to supply four more trams to Australia’s Gold Coast as the city moves forward with plans to extend its light rail network.

The $25 million (€17 million) order represents an option on the original contract for 14 trams which was signed in 2011.

Gold Coast Light Rail Transit system (GCLRT) plans to use the new vehicles on the planned northern extension of the line between Southport and Helensvale.

The city hopes to complete the extension ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which it is hosting.

GoldLinQ chief executive Phil Mumford said: “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.”

Bombardier is a member of the GoldLinQ consortium which was responsible for the design and construction of the network as well as its ongoing operation and maintenance.

 

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