The Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) is a communications-based train control system that will replace line-side signalling, allowing:
- more train paths, to increase line capacity
- faster crossings, to reduce transit times
- improved rail safety
- improved system reliability
- reduced maintenance costs for signalling equipment.
ATMS will improve the safety and efficiency of train operations, and improve competition with road. It is proposed to be rolled out across the interstate rail network linking metropolitan centres and key national ports.
There is in-principle agreement to adapt ATMS to be inter-operable with the Digital Train Control System being implemented in some commuter networks.