The McGowan Labor Government is spending $7.4 million over the next two years on planning for a new signalling system for Perth’s urban rail network.
The new automatic train control system will revolutionise the way the Transperth rail network operates, gradually replacing the ageing signalling network with a high-tech automatic digital version.
The new automatic train control (ATC) system will use state-of-the-art technology and enable more trains to travel more often on the existing network.
It will also reduce the number of signals and other trackside equipment on the network, increasing system reliability, making it easier for railcar drivers to monitor signals, and reducing field maintenance requirements.
With ATC, the number of trains the network can carry at any one time will increase by up to 150%.
This will be particularly important as METRONET projects are built, and with patronage on the Transperth network forecast to double by 2031, it is vital to meet the expected demand.
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Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, commented:
“Rather than a piecemeal approach of repairing or augmenting old infrastructure, we’re going on the front foot and planning for the future.
“Investing in ATC technology will bring Perth’s rail public transport in line with global best practice for city railways.
“As new METRONET rail projects come online, ATC will enable the network to handle the extra train movements.
“It’s yet another way we’re making WA’s world-class public transport network even better.”
Original article © Government of Western Australia.
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