Rail net­work gird­ing up for the fu­ture

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment is seek­ing to fu­ture-proof Perth’s rail net­work with au­to­matic train con­trol.

It al­lo­cated $7.4 mil­lion in the Bud­get over the next two years for plan­ning for the new sig­nal sys­tem.

The govern­ment says the sig­nalling will revo­lu­tionise the way the Transperth rail net­work op­er­ates and will grad­u­ally re­place the age­ing net­work with a high-tech au­to­matic dig­i­tal ver­sion.

It will also en­able more trains to travel more of­ten on the net­work.

And it will re­duce the num­ber of sig­nals and other track­side equip­ment, in­creas­ing sys­tem re­li­a­bil­ity, mak­ing it eas­ier for rail­car driv­ers to mon­i­tor sig­nals.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the num­ber of trains op­er­at­ing at any one time would in­crease by up to 150 per cent.

“Rather than a piece­meal ap­proach of re­pair­ing or aug­ment­ing old in­fra­struc­ture, we’re going on the front foot and plan­ning for the fu­ture,” she said.

“In­vest­ing in the au­to­matic train con­trol tech­nol­ogy will bring Perth’s rail public trans­port in line with global best prac­tice for city rail­ways.

“As new Metronet rail projects come online, it will en­able the net­work to han­dle the ex­tra train move­ments.”

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