Metro Trains Sydney awarded Alstom a 15-year maintenance contract for rolling stock and signalling system on the 36 km-long Sydney Metro Northwest railway. The project starts in mid-2018 and will be fully operational in the first half of 2019.
The contract includes the maintenance of Alstom’s 22 six-car Metropolis train sets, the first fully automated passenger rail vehicles in Australia, Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling systems, point machines, operation and maintenance of the depot and the cleaning of the trains.
Alstom says that more than 50 full time people, which will include 5% apprentices, will maintain the system during the operational phase of the project which will utilise Alstom’s industry leading HealthHub maintenance platform. It is an innovative maintenance approach designed to shift from traditional mileage-based maintenance to condition-based predictive maintenance, thus reducing the lifecycle cost for the operator. HealthHub is supported by various high technology data capture solutions including TrainScanner, Track Tracer and Catenary Tracer – an automated diagnostics portal capable of measuring in real-time the condition of the maintained assets. This real-time monitoring approach will result in increased reliability and availability of the fleet and associated infrastructure.