voestalpine is supplying rails and switches for the state of Queensland’s first light rail system, scheduled to go into service in 2014.
The voestalpine Metal Engineering Division will be delivering a total of 2,860 tons of state-of-the-art rails and switches to Australia’s east coast by 2014. Construction of the 13 km long light rail system is a prestige project for the Australians, not only serving to minimize local traffic and thereby pollutant emissions, but also creating 6,300 jobs.
The idea of setting up the first light rail system in Australia’s state of Queensland was first recorded in 1996, as part of the Gold Coast City Council Transport Plan. The modern infrastructure project is now under construction. Stage I of the development is designed to include 16 stations and 14 carriages. Each carriage is 43.5 m in length and has a gauge of 1,435 mm.