Manufacturers fight for QLD’s largest train contract

Two companies are in the final bidding stage to build and maintain 75 new trains for Queensland, the largest train contract in the state's history.

The Fraser Coast Chronical reports Bombardier is competing with AdvanceRail – a consortium split between Mitsubishi Corporation and Spanish company Construcciones y Auxillar de Ferrocarriles.

The winner of the contract will build 75 six-car trains and a purpose-built maintenance centre.

They will also maintain the trains for around 30 years.

The Australian Manufacturers Workers Union said while the contract would be a boost for the winner, the work had been reduced from an initial $3 billion 80 train contract.

The AMWU also said it was a “tragedy” Downer EDI had pulled out of the bidding process last year, meaning the trains would most likely be built outside QLD.