Sydney Trains awards Alstom ETCS trackside contract

ETCS Level 2 trackside signalling Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains awarded Alstom a contract to design, deliver and provide long-term service support for ETCS Level 2 trackside signalling technology as part of the State’s More Trains, More Services – Digital Systems Programme. It is expected that the project will be fully operational in 2024.

Alstom will deliver and commission its Atlas and Smartlock trackside signalling technologies for the rail line between Bondi Junction station (situated on Eastern Suburbs commuter rail line) and Erskineville station situated on the Illawarra line.

The contract will be performed under a 20-year framework agreement starting in 2021, enabling the seamless future implementation of the technology throughout the broader network.

The Digital Systems Programme will replace the existing signalling and train control technology on the Sydney Trains network with state-of-the-art, internationally proven, intelligent rail systems.

Initially created to enable standardised cross-border rail traffic, the use of ETCS Level 2 trackside signalling is set to safely increase speed, reliability, and capacity.

The new digital technology will provide a complete system for optimal efficiency and safety while delivering several benefits. For example, the technology will enable Sydney Trains to meet future capacity demand and improve the passenger experience by delivering more reliable services, reduced journey times and enhanced real-time information.

“Alstom is delighted to continue to support TfNSW to deliver their vision of transforming the Sydney rail network. The Digital Systems Programme will provide a step-change in operations for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, and Alstom is committed to partnering with TfNSW to deliver a sustainable, innovative and value for money solution for the State” Mark Coxon, Managing Director for Alstom in Australia and New Zealand, said.

In Australia, Alstom has supplied the passenger CBTC signalling technologies for both Sydney and Melbourne metro systems, and its ETCS Level 1 technology currently operates on the NSW and Queensland suburban rail networks, and freight and mining signalling technologies have been deployed for Fortescue Metals Group and BHP Billiton in Pilbara, region of Western Australia.


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