Driverless trains for Sydney NSW North West link

Driverless trains for Sydney NSW North West link  : The move, announced by the state government on Thursday, has been welcomed by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia as a massive leap forward for Australian rail services.

“It makes no sense to allow a 21st century project to be polluted by 19th century practices,” said IPA chief executive Brendan Lyon.

“Driverless trains are the base standard for new railways in other countries, because they offer more efficient, higher capacity and safer transit systems, and a better customer experience.”

The 23km rail link connecting Sydney’s western suburbs at Rouse Hill to Chatswood in the north will be Australia’s first fully automated rapid transit system.

Two consortia, Northwest Rapid Transit and TransForm, have until the end of this year to finalise their proposals, which must include driverless trains.

The contract will be awarded in the second half of next year.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said Sydney would join cities like London, Barcelona, Paris, Singapore and Dubai in having its own automated rail system.

“Fully-automated train technology has been in use around the world for 30 years … ensuring rapid transit systems like the one we are building operate fast and efficiently, while catering for future growth,” she said.

“There’s no point building a 21st century system with 20th century technology in it.”

The Sydney Business Chamber said the project represented a revolution.

“The North West Rail Link is shaping up to be more than just an extension of Sydney’s rail network,” said Sydney Business Chamber executive director Patricia Forsythe.

“It will be a revolution in the way trains operate with the introduction of Australia’s first driverless carriages and the best customer service.”


Source : Heraldsun

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