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September 16, 2014

Alstom to supply rapid transit trains for Sydney’s North West Rail Link

Alstom has signed a $3.7bn contract with Austrialia's New South Wales (NSW) Government to deliver a new generation of rapid transit trains for the North West Rail Link.

By Samseer M

Sydney's new rapid transit train

Alstom has signed a $3.7bn contract with Austrialia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government to deliver a new generation of rapid transit trains for the North West Rail Link.

Under this contract, Alstom will take charge of project management, design, supply, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of the rolling stock and signalling systems.

The company will also deliver 22 six-car fully automated Metropolis train sets and the communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system.

"Alstom’s Metropolis and computer-based train control signalling systems are based on proven platforms that have been adapted to the specific needs of Sydney."

Alstom Australia and New Zealand managing director Bernard Joyce said: "Alstom’s Metropolis and computer-based train control signalling systems are based on proven platforms that have been adapted to the specific needs of Sydney, which will ensure fast, safe and reliable services to the residents of Sydney’s north-west."

During the first stage of operation, the North West Rail Link will use six-carriage trains and more carriages will be added at a later date.

The trains to be supplied by Alstom will feature double doors on each car, large windows, ambient LED lighting and customer safety systems, such as CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms and modern way-finding aids.

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The units will be equipped with Urbalis 400, a computer-based train control system that minimises the time stopping at stations and the times between each service.

NSW premier Mike Baird said: "Services on the North West Rail Link will start in the first half of 2019 with 15 trains an hour during the peak and 98% on-time running, a much higher level of customer service than we first expected and an outstanding outcome for customers."

The North West Rail Link offers eight new railway stations, 4,000 commuter car parking spaces and five existing railway stations upgraded to rapid transit status.


Image: Sydney’s new rapid transit train. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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