QLD welcomes long distance public transport boost
Residential property dwellers in Queensland's Maryborough region are set to reap the benefits of the state government's new multimillion-dollar public transport initiative.
Announcing the scheme yesterday (February 24), premier Campbell Newman said the project is a boon for Queenslanders who travel aboard the Sunlander long distance trains at Maryborough's Downer EDI facility.
The $50 million cost saving development will boost efficiency of the Sunlander rail network, providing more reliable services as a result.
"Making trains more frequent and comfortable across Queensland will deliver great economic benefits for Queenslanders and our tourism market," Mr Newman commented.
"As part of our new program, Downer will be delivering two additional locomotives to allow better maintenance and improve the reliability of the current fleet."
Transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson said the infrastructure project will also improve passenger experience, with the existing fleet earmarked for major refurbishment including new personal on-demand entertainment systems with flat screens.
Travellers will also benefit from Australia's first railbeds - innovative seating that transforms into a bed for overnight trips.
The upgrades and new carriages will be delivered by mid-next year.