Modern rail technology to advance safety on Trans Australian Railway

Joint Media Statement: Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development, The Hon Darren Chester and ARTC CEO and Managing Director, John Fullerton

• Trans-Australian Railway testing ground for innovative rail technology
• Advanced Train Management System will provide major efficiency and safety gains on east-west interstate railway
• $50 million Australian Government investment into making the national rail network safer

Australia’s Trans-Australian Railway continues to be a hub of innovation in its centenary year with work underway to investigate the introduction of state-of-the-art rail technology along a 1,280 kilometre section of track between Tarcoola (SA) and West Kalgoorlie (WA).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) replaces the need for on-track signals, using GPS and wireless technology to locate trains and provide real-time information. “ATMS has been undergoing rigorous development and testing on the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) rail network in South Australia for the past eight years and the Tarcoola to Kalgoorlie section will soon be ready for the next phase of the trial,” Mr Chester said.

ARTC Chief Executive Officer John Fullerton said Lockheed Martin Australia is playing a major role in the introduction of ATMS.

“The ARTC and technology partner, Lockheed Martin, expect to have ATMS in live operations as the accredited safeworking system between Port Augusta and Whyalla by late 2018,” Mr Fullerton said.

Read more of this article on the Minister’s website: Modern rail technology to advance safety on Trans Australian Railway

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