Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    New METRONET railcar proposal will mean more trains, more often

    22/06/2019 8:30 AM
    • Business case for METRONET Automatic Train Control project submitted to Infrastructure Australia
    • Long-term investment to allow more trains to run more often
    • Meets Infrastructure Australia recommendation to invest in existing infrastructure
    • Key part of delivering METRONET and meeting Perth's future growth needs 

    The McGowan Government's plans to replace Perth's ageing train signalling network with a high-tech automatic digital version, enabling more frequent services for METRONET, have been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.


    The METRONET Automatic Train Control (ATC) business case that has now been sent to Infrastructure Australia is a key step in the McGowan Government's continued push to leverage more Federal funding for local infrastructure projects.


    The State Government is continuing to invest in Western Australia's rail network to meet future demand, and ATC is an important part of making the most of Perth's existing and future rail infrastructure.


    ATC will revolutionise the way the rail network operates, gradually replacing the ageing signalling network with a modern state-of-the-art digital version.


    The new system will enable more trains to travel more frequently on the rail network and reduce the number of signals and other trackside equipment needed - increasing system reliability and reducing field maintenance requirements.


    In September 2017, the McGowan Government committed $7.4 million over two years to plan for the new signalling system for use on the Transperth network.


    ATC will be particularly important as METRONET projects are built and with patronage on the Transperth network forecast to double by 2031.


    The long-term project meets the national independent assessment body's recommendations to invest in existing infrastructure through smarter operations which maximise capacity.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The McGowan Government continues to press the case for more Federal funding for WA infrastructure projects, and putting our plans to Infrastructure Australia is a key part of that.


    "METRONET is about thinking beyond the immediate future and anticipating what Perth's future transport needs will be.


    "Part of this will be making sure our existing network is modernised and continues to deliver what commuters need.


    "Automatic Train Control is an exciting project that allows for future capacity growth and will give passengers more frequent, reliable, safe and punctual train operations."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500