National Rolling Stock Procurement Pipeline

Date published:
27 May 2024

The National Rolling Stock Procurement Pipeline supports the Australian rail manufacturing industry by making rail procurement more visible. It aims to increase coordination, cooperation and transparency across rolling stock projects. 

The pipeline shows present and future rolling stock procurement. The Australian rail manufacturing industry and Australian states and territories can use it to view a snapshot of projects in one place. 

You can access the pipeline data as: 

  • interactive charts that display some procurement data

  • a more comprehensive data table with links to the projects.

The Office of National Rail Industry Coordination (ONRIC) collaborated with the Australian rail manufacturing industry and states and territories to create the first edition.

We’ll continue to update and refine the pipeline beyond 2035 to include future new fleets, refurbishments and upgrade projects. 

In this edition: The pipeline contains data from states and territories as of 10 April 2024. There is no information for the Northern Territory or Tasmania. This is because there are currently no rolling stock procurements in those jurisdictions.  

Explore the interactive charts

The interactive charts: 

  • present condensed information that display some procurement data in a simple graphic format 
  • let you browse different data tabs by location, procurement status, procurement type and rolling stock type
  • let you customise your results by selecting different filters
  • show more detail when you hover your mouse over columns.

Notes: Some information was not available at the time of publication, so we could not display it in these charts. Also, the ‘new fleet + investment’ procurement type includes new rolling stock fleets and associated spending on infrastructure, maintenance or facilities. For more notes, see data limitations and definition of terms.

Explore the data table

The data table: 

  • presents comprehensive information that displays more procurements in a structured format
  • gives a detailed overview of more rolling stock procurements
  • lets you browse data by procurement name, location, status, timeframe and value, rolling stock type and volume
  • lets you scroll to see data on lead procuring agency, contractor and procurement approach
  • lets you click though to read more about the procurement on the relevant website.

Enter a search term in the box below for immediate results or sort results by clicking the table headings.

Results will update as you type
 
Procurement name                Location Procurement status Start year End year Estimated total value (A$) Procurement type Rolling stock type Indicative trains Indicative carriages Lead procuring agency Lead contractor Procurement approach
Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP) QLD Awarded 2023 2032 $4.869 billion New fleet + investment Urban heavy rail 65 390 Department of Transport and Main Roads Downer Traditional procurement
New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) - Accessibility Upgrade Program QLD Under delivery 2019 2024 $335.7 million Fleet upgrade/retrofit Urban heavy rail 75 450 Department of Transport and Main Roads Alstom Public-private partnership
New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) - Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Platform Screen Doors (PSD) fitment  QLD Under delivery 2023 2026 $275.7 million Fleet upgrade/retrofit Urban heavy rail 75 450 Department of Transport and Main Roads Alstom Public-private partnership
New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) - European Train Control System (ETCS) fitment QLD Under delivery 2022 2026 $374.1 million Fleet upgrade/retrofit Urban heavy rail 75 450 Department of Transport and Main Roads Alstom Public-private partnership
Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3) QLD Under delivery 2021 2025 $1.219 billion New fleet + investment Light rail 5 5 Department of Transport and Main Roads GoldlinQ consortium Public-private partnership
WA Railcar Program WA Under delivery 2019 2031 $1.6 billion New fleet + investment Urban heavy rail 43 252 Public Transport Authority of WA Alstom Traditional procurement
X'Trapolis 2.0 Trains VIC Awarded 2021 2026 $986 million New fleet Urban heavy rail 25 150 Department of Transport Alstom Market led proposal
Next Generation Trams VIC Awarded 2022 2025 $1.4 billion New fleet Light rail 100 100 Department of Transport Alstom Traditional procurement
Vlocity Trains VIC Under delivery 2019 2024 $340 million New fleet Non-urban rail 18 54 Department of Transport Alstom Procure from existing/extension
Vlocity Trains VIC Under delivery 2022 2027 $250 million New fleet Non-urban rail 12 36 Department of Transport Alstom Procure from existing/extension
Vlocity Trains VIC Awarded 2023 2028 $601 million New fleet Non-urban rail 23 69 Department of Transport Alstom Procure from existing/extension
High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Project VIC Under delivery 2016 2024 $2.26 billion New fleet + investment Urban heavy rail 65 455 Department of Transport Evolution Rail consortium Public-private partnership
High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Project VIC Under delivery 2016 2025 $123 million New fleet Urban heavy rail 5 35 Department of Transport Evolution Rail consortium Procure from existing/extension
Suburban Rail Loop Stage 1 (South East) VIC Detailed planning 2022 2035 $34.5 billion New fleet + investment Urban heavy rail 13 52 Suburban Rail Loop Authority   Alliance
Z and A Class Tram Life Extension  VIC Under delivery 2019 2026 $102 million Fleet upgrade/retrofit Light rail 156 156 Department of Transport Various Other
Regional  Rail NSW Under delivery 2019   $1.26 billion New fleet + investment Non-urban rail 29 117 Transport for NSW Momentum Trains Public-private partnership
New Intercity Fleet (The Mariyung) NSW Under delivery 2016 2024 $3.2 billion New fleet Non-urban rail 62 610 Transport for NSW RailConnect NSW consortium Service contract
Future Fleet Program (Tangara Replacement Fleet) NSW Detailed planning 2027     New fleet Urban heavy rail 55 440 Transport for NSW   Unconfirmed
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 (Supply, Operate and Maintain Package) NSW Under delivery 2018 2024 $720 million New fleet + investment Light rail 13 13 Transport for NSW Great River City Light Rail consortium Service contract
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 (Supply, Operate and Maintain Package) NSW Announced       New fleet + investment Light rail 13 13 Transport for NSW   Unconfirmed
Sydney Metro: City and Southwest (Fleet and Core Rail Systems) NSW Under delivery 2019 2024 $1.7 billion New fleet + investment Metro/driverless metro 23 138 Sydney Metro Authority Northwest Rapid Transit consortium Public-private partnership
Sydney Metro: West (Trains and Systems Package) NSW Under procurement 2023 2032   New fleet + investment Metro/driverless metro 16   Sydney Metro Authority   Service contract
Sydney Metro: Western Sydney Airport (Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations and Maintenance Package) NSW Under delivery 2022     New fleet + investment Metro/driverless metro 12 36 Sydney Metro Authority Parklife Metro consortium Public-private partnership
ACT Light Rail Stage 2A (City to Commonwealth Park)  ACT Under delivery 2022 2025 $181 million New fleet + investment Light rail 5 5 ACT Government Canberra Metro consortium Public-private partnership
Diesel-Hybrid Train Fleet SA Under delivery 2022 2024 $12 million Fleet upgrade/retrofit Urban heavy rail   50 Department for Infrastructure and Transport ABB Traditional procurement

Notes: The ‘new fleet + investment’ procurement type includes new rolling stock fleets and associated spending on infrastructure, maintenance or facilities. For more notes, see data limitations and definition of terms.

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We’re continuing to develop and improve the pipeline. For example, we will consider future growth over a period of time in further pipeline editions.

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Data limitations

The National Rolling Stock Procurement Pipeline: 

  • does not include information for the Northern Territory or Tasmania. This is because there are currently no relevant procurements in those jurisdictions. 
  • is updated every 6 months. This means that information will be accurate and correct as of the most recent update
  • only shows some procurements in the interactive charts. This is because some information was not available at the time of publication, so we could not display graphically
  • has blank data cells in the data table. This is because some information was not available at the time of publication. 
  • combines some different but related procurements. This is because some rolling stock procurement funding could not be separated from associated investment in infrastructure, maintenance or a facility. 

Data definitions

Term Description
Procurement name The full name of the procurement.
Procurement status What phase the procurement is in.
– Announced A project has a firm funding commitment and a timeline for delivery from a government or a private sector proponent. But the project has not yet entered procurement.
– Awarded Procurement processes are complete, and the lead agency has selected a preferred bidder, or reached financial or contractual close for the project.
– Detailed planning A government or private sector proponent is investigating a project. Formal studies, planning approvals or other processes are underway.
– Projected A long term status. Government or industry acknowledges or understands the need for a future procurement of rolling stock.
– Under delivery Delivery, manufacture or construction is underway for the procurement, or services have started through a contract.
– Under procurement A project has entered procurement. The lead department or agency has sought responses from the market through an Expression of Interest, a Request for Tender or another form of formal request for bids.
Start year When the procurement or project contract started, or is anticipated to start, if known.
End year When the procurement or project is completed, or is anticipated to be completed, if known.
Estimated total value The estimated total value of the procurement.
Procurement type A broad category of what is being procured.
– Fleet refurbishment/overhaul A procurement for refurbishment of rolling stock, not included in long term maintenance contracts or significant fleet overhaul.
– Fleet upgrade/retrofit A procurement for upgrades to rolling stock. For example, installation of onboard ETSC equipment, life extension programs and significant upgrades.
– New fleet A procurement that will only deliver a new fleet.
– New fleet + investment A procurement where rolling stock funding is combined with associated investment in infrastructure, maintenance or a facility.
Rolling stock type The category of rolling stock related to the procurement.
– Freight wagons Rolling stock procured for freight use.
– Light rail Rolling stock used for light rail or tram services.
– Metro/driverless metro Rolling stock used to provide rapid transit services in an urban area, and with greater frequency and passenger capacity than conventional EMU/suburban or light rail vehicles.
– Non-urban heavy rail Rolling stock used for regional passenger services, which may or may not be self propelled.
– Urban heavy rail Rolling stock used for urban or outer-urban services.
Indicative number of trains The indicative number of train (or tram) consists included in a procurement.
Indicative number of carriages The indicative number of total train (or tram) carriages included in a procurement.
Lead procuring agency The full name of the lead procuring department, agency or operator.
Lead contractor The full name of the lead contractor awarded the work.
Procurement approach What approach the parties have, or will, take in the procurement.
– Alliance Under an alliance contract, a government client works collaboratively with private suppliers to deliver the project. Alliance contracting generally requires the parties to work together in good faith, act with integrity and make best-for-project decisions. The alliance participants work as an integrated, collaborative team to deal with key project delivery matters. Under these contracts, parties often jointly manage project delivery risks, although financial exposure lies mostly with the state.
– Market led proposal The private sector submits a unique and unsolicited proposal to government to build and/or finance projects, provide goods or services or purchase a government-owned asset. A government may also release a Problem of Opportunity Statement that industry may respond to. These proposals are generally outside standard planning and competitive procurement processes.
– Public private partnership In a public-private partnership, a government pays the private sector (typically a consortium) to deliver infrastructure and related services over the long term. The private provider will build the facility and operate or maintain it to specified standards. The private provider usually finances the projects.
– Service contract A procurement approach to provide a service. For example, for a company to provide a ticketing system or to deliver and/or operate other transit public transport services.
– Traditional procurement Traditional contracting refers to contracts that, to varying degrees, allocate construction and design risk to the suppliers, but not through an alliance or public-private partnership. Historically, these are the most common type of contract that governments and private sector entities use to deliver projects.
– Unconfirmed If the procurement approach is unknown or yet to be decided. For example, most medium or long term procurement approaches would be unconfirmed/not known.