Hitachi Rail to Work on World-First Application of ATO over ETCS

Hitachi Rail has been chosen to install automatic train operation (ATO) over ETCS Level 2 technology across Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) fleet of 75 six-carriage trains.

This application of ATO over ETCS will be a world first.

Signalling control centre
Signalling control centre

The contract, valued at 107 million AUD (72.49m EUR | 74.3m USD), will be delivered over a four-year period.

In addition to this work, Hitachi Rail has also been awarded a 65m AUD (44.04m EUR | 45.13m USD) contract for the maintenance of the fleet through to 2046.

By combining ATO with ETCS, Queensland Rail’s trains will be able to operate safely while running closer together, enabling the operator to provide a greater number of services.

The combined technologies will also lower energy use and improve sustainability, as Queensland Rail will be able to consistently run trains at an optimum speed.

The first two trains are currently undergoing technical fit-out and testing.

Roslyn Stuart, Senior Director of Hitachi Rail in Australia, said:

“We're delighted to begin work on a world-first application of ATO over ETCS technologies that apply the global ETCS standard on Queensland’s NGR fleet.

“We’re able to draw on our global expertise to deliver this innovative contract which will allow more trains to run on the line at any one time, while significantly improving their energy efficiency.

“Our work will benefit both passenger and operator, providing a service that will enable more seamless, sustainable mobility.”

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