Government says value of train contract has not changed
THE state government has hit back at union criticism and said its New Generation Rollingstock train program has not increased or decreased in value since it was originally proposed in 2010.
Bombardier, which has a manufacturing site in Maryborough, is one of two companies competing for the contract to deliver the program, which would supply 75 new six-car trains and their maintenance.
The Australian Manufacturers Union have said the value of the original contract was for 80 trains, with the option for a further 40 trains.
AMWU national president Andrew Dettmer told the Chronicle earlier this week the reduction in the number of trains in the contract was troubling.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the first proposal was for 200 three-car electric trains, but in 2011 that was revised to 75 six-car passenger trains with 50 three-car electric trains as an option for the future.
He said the full value of the contract would be released once a proponent had been selected.