Shortlist For Billion-Dollar High Capacity Signaling

Two consortia have been shortlisted to deliver up to $1 billion worth of signaling and communications systems as part of the largest public transport project in Victoria’s history – the Metro Tunnel.

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

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

The successful bidder will install high capacity signaling (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.

HCS will allow trains to safely run faster and closer together, meaning more trains and less travel time for passengers. The advanced technology will mean we can run 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 signaling and communications industry.

The announcement of the shortlisted bidders comes less than a week after the Andrews Labor Government announced the single largest order of new trains in Victoria’s history.

The 65 new high-capacity trains will be built in Victoria, by Victorians, and run as a dedicated fleet through the Metro Tunnel utilising the high capacity signaling 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.

The Metro Tunnel is Australia’s largest and most important public transport project. It will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often, right across the network.

For more information, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“The world’s best have been shortlisted to deliver the biggest and most advanced signaling package in Victoria’s history. The successful bidder will install next generation signaling, which will allow safer, more frequent and reliable services in and out of the city in peak hour.”

The Centre for Excellence will provide skills, jobs and opportunities to local workers in the growing rail signaling industry.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and building bigger, better trains to get people home safer and sooner every day.”