Australia’s Network Rail Consulting has secured a contract from Transport for New South Wales (NSW) to provide systems integration services on Sydney’s rail network.

The company will install new equipment on the network, in order to improve system performance and provide increased capacity for passenger and freight services.

The contract forms a part of the Advanced Train Control programme, which plays a key role in the NSW government’s long-term plan, ‘Sydney’s Rail Future’.

"The fact that Network Rail Consulting has been selected to provide advice to this strategically important project underlines the excellent work, which has already been carried out on the railway in the UK."

The programmme will help to improve operational safety, deliver greater levels of customer service, reduce costs, as well as produce faster and more reliable rail services in the region.

Network Rail Consulting managing director Nigel Ash said: "The need to deliver a safe, efficient and reliable railway while boosting capacity to cater for growing passenger and freight demand is something Network Rail shares with many rail operators.

"The fact that Network Rail Consulting has been selected to provide advice to this strategically important project underlines the excellent work, which has already been carried out on the railway in the UK.

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"Transport for New South Wales will directly benefit from sharing the most up-to-date train control information and we look forward to working with them on this immensely important programme to deliver a better railway in and around Sydney."

Network Rail is currently implementing comparable systems on its infrastructure, including the European Train Control System, which will increase capacity and performance and help cut costs on UK’s rail network.