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Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has ruled out cancelling the contract with Canadian company Bombardier over its problematic NGR trains, saying doing so would be a huge waste of money.
Ms Trad joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Maryborough Labor MP Bruce Saunders on Monday to announce local rail company Downer EDI had been awarded almost $8 million in rail maintenance projects, and preferred tenderer status for a further $62 million in upcoming rolling stock overhauls.
Those contracts are for regional rail services including the Westlander, Spirit of the Outback and Kuranda Scenic Railway, however major overhauls are underway on the NGR trains at a facility in Ipswich.
Fifteen of the 75 ordered have been delivered over the past year, with the government halting anymore until major design faults are worked out.
Ms Trad was asked on Monday whether tearing up the Bombardier contract was an option, but said things were too far along for that to be viable.
"That would see an incredible amount of Queensland taxpayer dollars going towards compensating Bombardier for the ripping up of the contract," Ms Trad told reporters.
"We've got an obligation to ensure taxpayers' money is spent the best way possible."
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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