Uncertainty remains over 2018 Commonwealth Games trains

Queensland Rail is still unable to confirm how many of its new trains will be ready in time for the Commonwealth Games next year.

Two New Generation Rollingstock trains will hit the tracks on the Gold Coast on Monday, with a third to be held in reserve, QR CEO Nick Easy announced on Wednesday.

However, doubt remains over how many will be cleared for service by next April.


The rollout of Queensland’s 75 new trains was delayed in 2016 after hundreds of safety issues including problems with braking and disability access were found.

So far, twenty-one of the trains have been delivered in Queensland, however only three have passed safety tests.

“The first three trains have completed comprehensive testing and they are fit and ready for service,” Mr Easy said.

It was initially hoped 15 of the new trains would be fully functional and in service for the Games, however Mr Easy could not confirm that amount.

“The timetable for the Commonwealth Games is still under development,” he said.

“The number of trains that will be ready will be on the basis of them passing all the assurance tests and will service the timetable that we will release in the new year.

“We will aim to deploy as many of these trains as possible.”