30 June 2023
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John Holland to support a new era of train manufacturing in Queensland

John Holland is proud to be partnering with Downer Group and the Queensland Government to support a new era of train manufacturing through the state-shaping Queensland Train Manufacturing Program.

On behalf of Downer, John Holland will design, build and commission a state-of-the-art, purpose-built train manufacturing facility at Torbanlea in the Fraser Coast region.

This facility will support the delivery of 65 six-car passenger trains for the Queensland rail network.

The unprecedented investment in train manufacturing for the state will support better train services and more than 1,300 jobs in Queensland over the life of the program.

John Holland’s delivery of the Torbanlea manufacturing facility alone is expected to create around 300 direct construction jobs.

The new trains are expected to be delivered in time for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Executive General Manager – Building, David Lehmann, said John Holland was proud to be leveraging its capabilities in delivering critical infrastructure.

“This new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will become a central hub for train manufacturing in Queensland, and more specifically, the Fraser Coast region. 

“We’ll create hundreds of jobs during construction of the facility and drive economic growth, and that’s only the start for this state-shaping program.

“Our expertise in building the facilities our communities need extends from hospitals and stadiums through to the manufacturing hubs of the future. That’s how we transform lives.”

General Manager – Building QLD, Colin Matthews, said John Holland was excited to begin work on an incredibly important project for Queensland.

“This is all about future-proofing Queensland’s manufacturing industry and creating jobs for the future – that’s the power of projects like these.

“We have a proud partnership with the Queensland Government to deliver essential infrastructure across the state and look forward to working with Downer as this project moves into an exciting new phase.”

Construction on the Torbanlea manufacturing facility is expected to commence later this year.

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