"As the first high-capacity rail control project in Melbourne, and the first on an existing system in Australia, Bombardier is very excited to be working with our partners on this highly collaborative project."
Melbourne’s transport authority has awarded a four-group consortium, which includes Bombardier Transportation, to provide rail management and signalling services for the city’s £6.3bn (11bn AUD) Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
The largest-ever outlay on transport in Melbourne’s history, the new metro is due to enter operation in 2026 when it a twin-tunnel will run under the city that will integrate with existing over-ground rail services. The Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) alliance will see Bombardier use its Cityflo system to control the trains on the upcoming metro, which when it is in operation will enable services to run every two to three minutes.
The contract given to RSA, which is made up of Bombardier Transportation, CPB Contractors, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne, is worth around £630m (1.1bn AUD). Bombardier’s portion for the contract equates to around £178m (310m AUD).
Andrew Dudgeon, managing director of Bombardier Transportation Australia, said that the system is already installed in Madrid, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and is well-suited for use in Australia’s second most populous city. “As the first high-capacity rail control project in Melbourne, and the first on an existing system in Australia, Bombardier is very excited to be working with our partners on this highly collaborative project to deliver the Victorian Government’s vision of More Trains, More Often,” said Dudgeon.
The news comes in the same month that Bombardier received official approval in Sweden to deliver an ERTMS system that would control 6,800 miles of the Scandinavian country’s rail network. Signed off by country’s transport administration and transport agency, Trafikverket, and Transportstyrelsen, should it develop into a full deal, Bombardier will use its Interflo 450 system already in use in China, Norway and The Netherlands.
As a result of the latest deal, Bombardier Transportation has become the first supplier to receive approval for its ERTMS Level 2 technology in the country. It comes five years after the company rolled out the technology on both the Ådal and Bothnia pilot lines in northern Sweden, which according to Bombardier now runs with 99.9% availability – a four-fold improvement on the existing system.
Commenting on the approval, Bombardier’s managing director in Sweden, Thore Sekkenes, said that the Interflo 450 would help improve speeds, reliability and capacity while also increasing integration with the rest of Europe.
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