The project will implement an Automatic Train Control system using modern, radio-based, high-capacity Communications-Based Train Control technology on all three line-groups of the Perth metropolitan railway network.
The scope of this project includes:
- replacing the existing ‘fixed-block’ signalling system with a ‘moving-block’ Communications Based Train Control system
- replacing the life-expired Automatic Train Protection system
- implementing Automatic Train Operation
- implementing Automatic Train Supervision and Regulation to replace the existing Train Control System.
The project also includes the construction of a purpose-built Public Transport Operations Control Centre, a back-up Signalling Equipment Room and an upgrade of the existing Alternate Train Control facility.
Economic benefits of the project include shorter wait times, reduced train crowding, and travel-time savings for public transport users. Other benefits include reduced vehicle emissions and operating costs, health benefits, and road-safety benefits.
The proponent’s stated benefit–cost ratio is 2.6, with a net present value of $688 million (7% real discount rate).