French transport company Alstom has delivered, deployed, and tested Australia’s first European Train Control System (ETCS) level 2 signalling in New South Wales as a pilot trial.

The trial is a part of the Automatic Train Protection project for the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), which involved the installation of on-board and trackside equipment. It covered four test trains in an area of 11km from the suburbs of Arncliffe to Oatley in the south of Sydney.

The project enables TfNSW and government-owned train operator Sydney Trains to test the performance of the ETCS system, which if successful will be installed across critical sections of Sydney’s rail network. Implementing ETCS will help increase both safety and capacity of the rail corridors.

The level 2 signaling used for the pilot project is based on the rail transport company’s Atlas 200 and Smartlock 400 systems.

"The trial covered four test trains in an area of 11km from the suburbs of Arncliffe to Oatley in the south of Sydney."

Smartlock 400 is well-suited for all railway topologies with a centralised or distributed architecture. It helps optimise safety and punctuality and is applicable for both new and existing installations.

The Atlas 200 solution has been developed by Alstom to be in line with European Railway Agency (ERA) specifications.

A team of over 50 signalling experts from Sydney and Melbourne worked in collaboration with the Charleroi, Belgium-based European ETCS Centre of Excellence to ensure these advanced technologies were adapted to the specific needs of the project.