Two groups shortlisted for high-capacity signalling as part of Melbourne Metro Tunnel

TWO consortia have been shortlisted to deliver up to $1 billion worth of signalling and communications systems as part of the Metro Tunnel project, the Victorian Government announced last week.

The shortlisted bidders for the Metro Tunnel Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) are:

  • A consortium comprising CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation; and
  • The MetroConnect consortium comprising John Holland, Siemens and UGL.

The successful bidder will install high-capacity signalling (HCS) on the new Sunbury-to-Pakenham line that will run through the Metro Tunnel. It will be the first roll-out of HCS on an existing network anywhere in Australia.

Train signals near Hawksburn, Melbourne
Above: Train signals near Hawksburn, Melbourne / by Katherine Lim.

HCS will allow trains to safely run faster and closer together, meaning more trains and less travel time for passengers. The advanced technology will make it possible to operate up to 30 services an hour – with the potential to create the true 'turn-up-and-go' two-minute services experienced in some of the biggest cities in the world.

As part of the project, a world-leading Centre of Excellence will be established in Victoria, supporting local skills, jobs and opportunities in the growing rail signalling and communications industry.

The announcement of the shortlisted bidders for the high-capacity signalling follows the selection of the Evolution Rail consortium - comprising Downer Rail, CRRC, and Plenary - as the preferred consortium to build Melbourne's 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT).

The 65 new high-capacity trains will be built in Victoria operate as a dedicated fleet through the Metro Tunnel utilising the high-capacity signalling technology.

Shortlisted bidders for the RSA will be asked to submit a formal proposal by early 2017, with a contract expected to be awarded later that year.

Photo: Train signals near Hawksburn, Melbourne / Katherine Lim / Licensed under Creative Commons BY 2.0.

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