Westinghouse secures $14m Sydney turnkey signalling project
21st May 09/Sydney -- Invensys Rail Group, a world leader in rail
control and automation systems, today announced that its subsidiary
Westinghouse Rail Systems Australia (WRSA) has won a A$14m turnkey
signalling contract from the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd
(ARTC). The contract is central to an ARTC project to improve the
efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail freight services along the
North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
A major bottleneck in the rail freight network currently exists in
southern Sydney, where freight trains share existing rail lines with the
Sydney metropolitan passenger services operated by RailCorp. During
morning and afternoon peak periods, freight services are not permitted
to run due to passenger priority. As a result, freight services cannot
arrive or depart Sydney at the optimum times.
To alleviate this bottleneck, the ARTC began work on the Southern Sydney
Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide a dedicated freight line for a
distance of 36 km between Macarthur and Sefton in southern Sydney. The
SSFL will provide a third track in the rail corridor specifically for
freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate
Under the contract, WRSA is to supply a turnkey signalling system,
including design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning.
One of the main reasons for Warsaw's contract win was the ability to
reduce the requirement for signalling technology on the project.
Managing Director Phil Illingworth explains "ARTC's tender specified
delivery of a conventional interlocking solution using track circuits.
WRSA proposed an alternative solution using service-proven signalling
elements in an innovative architecture delivering optimal value to meet
ARTC's key operational needs." "It was this innovative engineering
solution that won WRSA the tender in the end" he added.
The ARTC has been a major client of WRSA for many years and this latest
project is one in a series won in recent times. These include: the
relocation of the train control system in Victoria to Mile End in
Adelaide; North Coast New South Wales level crossing upgrades; the
Newport to West Footscray signalling upgrade; and upgrading the crossing
loops on the Trans-Australian Railway between Port Augusta and