September 20, 2013

Gold Coast unveils first Flexity LRV

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IN a ceremony held today in Gold Coast, Australia, Bombardier presented its first Flexity 2 LRV for the city's new light rail line, a 13km, 16-station link between Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach.

Bombardier is delivering 14 of the seven-section vehicles as part of the GoldlinQ consortium, which also includes Keolis, Downer EDI, McConnell Dowell Contractors, and Plenary Group. The consortium was awarded an 18-year public-private partnership contract worth $A 1.2bn ($US 1.11bn) to design, build, operate and maintain the line in 2011. GoldLinQ also launched its branding for the new light rail service, which will be known as the G:Link, during the ceremony, with operations due to commence in the middle of next year.

The new 43-long LRVs are being constructed in Germany and the first two vehicles arrived in Australia on September 10. A further six trams are currently in transit, with the remaining six sets due to be delivered by early 2014. Testing of the first vehicle will commence next month. Bombardier will maintain the vehicles for 15 years and is also supplying signalling, control and communication systems, traction supply substations and overhead line equipment for the line. Keolis and Downer EDI are set to maintain the infrastructure.

The G:Link will offer services at 7.5 minute frequencies and is projected to carry 50,000 passengers per day, with each vehicle having capacity for 80 seated and 229 standing passengers. The line is already known colloquially as "The G."

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