$80 million boost for Sydney's rail network


A contract worth around $80 million has been signed by the NSW Government to run Sydney’s rail network more effectively.

Siemens Mobility Pty Ltd (Siemens) will introduce the new Traffic Management System (TMS), which will be operated from the Rail Operations Centre, and will work alongside other systems used by Sydney Trains to control train operations.

The TMS continually monitors the position of all trains, helping to keep train services running as planned and assists with responses to incidents.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the TMS is a key component of Digital Systems – a Program that will progressively replace legacy signalling and train control technologies with modern, internationally proven, intelligent systems.

“This is an important step in the process of upgrading our network with internationally proven technology that boosts safety, capacity, reliability and enhances the customer experience,” Mr Constance said.

“Sydney’s heavy rail network is the backbone of our public transport system and it’s crucial we have the latest systems and technology available to serve our customers well into the future.”

The TMS is due to be available for operation in 2023.

The Digital Systems Program will also increase safety and reliability by:

  •  Replacing traditional trackside signalling equipment with the latest ‘in cab’ train control technology
  • Implementing Automatic Train Operation, which assists drivers – who remain in control – to improve operations and reduce journey times

Digital Systems will initially be deployed to two sections of the T4 Line from Sutherland to Cronulla and from Bondi Junction to Redfern.

Planning for future deployments of Digital Systems to other parts of Sydney’s rail network is currently underway.