Australia’ gets the biggest public transport project
Alstom to supply driverless trains and digital signaling system for Sydney Metro extension to City and Southwest
The Government of New South Wales reached an agreement with Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium today to extend the Sydney Metro trains, systems, operations, and maintenance public-private partnership (PPP) contract.
Alstom has signed a contract with NRT to supply the rolling stock and signaling system for the next stage of Sydney Metro, Sydney Metro - City and Southwest. The project is an extension of the Metro-North West Line which successfully opened to customers in May 2019.
Under the contract, valued at approx. €350 million, Alstom will be responsible for the project management, design, supply, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of 23 six-car fully-automated Metropolis trains and the Urbalis 400 Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system. The trains will be manufactured in Alstom’s manufacturing center in Sri City, India which successfully delivered 22 Metropolis trains for the Metro-North West Line. The contract also includes an option to purchase further trains if required.
The Metropolis trains and digital signaling systems for the City & Southwest project will include the same design and features as the North West line, designed to meet the specific needs of Sydney.
"It strengthens Alstom’s position as the market leader for the supply of railway technologies in Australia,” said Ling Fang, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia-Pacific
The City and Southwest extension includes a 15km greenfield line with 10 new stations plus the conversion of the existing suburban rail line to metro rail standards, covering a further 13km of track and 11 existing stations. The project also includes the expansion of the current Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill and the new trains facility at Sydenham. Construction of the new line is currently underway with revenue service expected to start in 2024.
The new trains will meet strict sustainability criteria; a robust lightweight structure, low energy consumption, high levels of recoverability and recyclability, technical reliability and ease of maintenance. The trains will also be equipped with remote sensors for optimal maintenance planning.