Queensland Rollingstock Expansion Program

Under Procurement
Queensland Rollingstock Expansion Program

The Rollingstock Expansion Program will provide fleet of 65 six-car Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) to be built in a purpose built facility in Torbanlea, near Maryborough. 

The Queensland Government made an initial commitment for 20 EMUs with an option for a further 45 six-car EMUs prior to the 2020 Queensland election. The option for the additional 45 trains was exercised in October 2021.This extension brings the total funding commitment for the project to $1.8 billion.

The contract is being procured as a Design, Build and Maintain contract. The succesful tenderer will responsible for: 

  • construction of the 65 trains
  • construction of the Torbanlea manufacturing facility, 
  • and fleet maintenance 

Analysis conducted by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads found that the additional trains will be required over the next 10 years to meet increased demand driven by population growth in South east Queensland and the opening of Cross River Rail. Queensland Rail will operate the rollingstock once delivered.

Key Dates

Oct 2020 Project Announcement
Dec 2020 EOIs Open
Feb 2021 EOIs Close
Oct 2021 Option for additional 45 trains exercised
2022 Expected Contract Award

Funding contributions

Queensland Government


Procuring Agency: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Shortlist: Alstom CAF Downer Rail
Procurement note:

As indicated in the original tender process, procurement for the additional 45 trains will be limited to the current shortlist of bidders.


Oct 2020 The project was announced by the Paluszczuk-led Government in the lead-up to the Queensland Election.
Dec 2020 Queensland Government opened Expressions of Interest for the procurement, closing on 10 February 2021.
Jun 2021 The Queensland Government shortlisted three proponents (Alstom, CAF and Downer Rail) for the contract. The 2021-22 Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program also indicated that $357 million of the Queensland Government's $600 million commitment to the project is allocated beyond FY2024-25.
Oct 2021 The Queensland Government exercised the option for an additional 45 EMUs and announced that the manufacturing facility is to be built in Torbanlea, near Maryborough.
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Queensland |
Infrastructure Australia status
Not considered