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    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Seats added in Sunlander changes

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Seats added in Sunlander changes

    Sunlander passengers will have a better and more reliable train service after the Newman Government made changes to the program, saving almost $50 million in the process.

    Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson today inspected work underway to revolutionise Queensland’s long-distance train fleet at Maryborough’s Downer EDI facility.

    “Making trains more frequent and comfortable across Queensland will deliver great economic benefits for Queenslanders and our tourism market,” Mr Newman said.

    “The previous government’s handling of this project was a farce with no seats in the original package, a train too long for existing maintenance facilities and no thought for service reliability.

    “In true Labor style the project was set to blow out from $189 million to almost $250 million.

    “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.

    “Our Sunlander will include seats and operate six times a week between Brisbane and Cairns carrying up to 172 passengers a trip.

    Mr Emerson said unlike the previous government our $204 million package allows passengers somewhere to sit while reducing the number of carriages to ensure it would fit existing facilities.

    “It will include four locomotives, seven passenger cars, fit-out of all trains and refurbishment of the existing Sunlander fleet,” Mr Emerson said.

    “We are also looking at the option of purchasing additional sleeper carriages.

    “Our review has ensured this project is financially viable and delivers the first new Tilt Train in almost a decade.

    “Extra features include personal on-demand entertainment systems with flat screens to access news, sport, movies and music from the comfort of their seat.

    “Passengers will also experience Australia-first railbeds, which transform from a comfortable seat into a bed for overnight travel.”

    Mr Emerson said the first of the upgraded trains was on track for delivery in August with all three trains completed by mid next year.

    [ENDS] 24 February 2013

    Media contacts: Premier Andrew Blow 0408 912 821       Minister Emerson - Stephanie Shield 0418 186 625