The Andrews Labor Government is considering a market-led proposal to upgrade telecommunications on Melbourne’s train system to improve services and provide better information for passengers.
The proposal would see an upgrade to the metropolitan train network to 4G technology, supporting extra services, more timely and detailed maintenance alerts, more accurate arrival times, and high-capacity signalling.
The Labor Government has already made significant improvements to information on our train system, including the introduction of mobile coverage in the city loop and real-time passenger information across Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses.
The proposed upgrade would build on these improvements, and complement the major investments the Labor Government has made in new High Capacity Metro Trains and better signalling for Melbourne’s busiest train line between Dandenong and the city.
The proposal by Nokia and Vodafone has moved to stage four of the Market Led Proposal assessment process.
If approved, rollout of the upgrade is expected to take about six months with no disruptions to commuters.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“Victoria is open for business and ideas from the private sector that can benefit all Victorians.”
“Our Market-Led Proposal Guideline gives all businesses a transparent way to work with the Government, enabling collaboration that leverages unique opportunities while protecting the community’s interests.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“We’re building a better transport system, with more reliable services, less delays and better information for passengers so they can plan their travel and get home sooner.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020