Network Rail Consulting appointed Systems Integrator for Sydney’s Digital Systems Program

Network Rail Consulting’s Australian subsidiary has been awarded a contract by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for the role of Systems Integrator for the Digital Systems Program for Sydney, a core element of “More Trains, More Services” to deliver major systems upgrades across the Sydney Trains network over the next decade.

The Digital Systems Program will replace existing signalling and train control systems with modern, internationally proven intelligent technology to enable more trains on track and therefore a higher frequency of reliable services for Sydney Trains’ customers.

Network Rail Consulting in combination with our partners Acmena, The Go-Ahead Group and Ineco, will be a key partner in delivering and integrating the Digital Systems Program on to the Sydney Trains’ network.

The Digital Systems Program consists of three main elements:
► Replacing trackside signalling equipment with the latest ETCS Level 2 technology;
► Implementing Automatic Train Operation (ATO), which will be used to assist drivers – who will still remain in control – and provide faster and more consistent journey times; and
► Introducing a Traffic Management System (TMS) for more effective incident management and service regulation across the network.

Network Rail Consulting’s Global Managing Director, Nigel Ash, said “Having been involved in the development of the Digital Systems Program in various forms over the last 5 years we’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue our support to TfNSW on this next exciting phase. Our team has a unique combination of Australian, Spanish and UK expertise in the latest digital rail technology and we are delighted to be working alongside our international partners to provide world class expertise to TfNSW.”

As Systems Integrator Network Rail Consulting and our partners will be responsible for the definition and management of technical, operational and program integration issues, and will work collaboratively with TfNSW, Sydney Trains and suppliers of the new technologies to achieve the program milestones and importantly to realise the full safety and service benefits for Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, and other freight and passenger operators and customers.