The Government of Victoria in Australia is planning to modernise telecommunications on Melbourne’s rail system in a bid to provide improved train services and precise information for passengers.
It is considering a market-led proposal that suggests the metropolitan train network be upgraded with 4G technology.
The improvements will help provide timely and detailed maintenance alerts, extra services, precise arrival times and high-capacity signalling.
Victoria Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said: “We’re building a better transport system, with more reliable services, less delays and better information for passengers so they can plan their travel and get home sooner.”
The government has already introduced major upgrades to Melbourne’s train system, including enhanced mobile coverage and real-time passenger information across Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses.
Victoria Treasurer Tim Pallas said: “Victoria is open for business and ideas from the private sector that can benefit all Victorians.
“Our market-led proposal guideline gives all businesses a transparent way to work with the government, enabling collaboration that leverages unique opportunities while protecting the community’s interests.”
The current proposal is expected to complement the government’s major investments in new high-capacity metro trains.
It will also provide improved signalling for Melbourne's busiest train line, which runs between Dandenong and the Victorian city.
If approved, the modernisation of Melbourne’s rail system is expected to commence in about six months, with no disruption to travellers.