Hills state Liberal MPs David Elliott and Ray Williams have announced Australian-first technology which will make train travel faster and safer on Sydney’s new rapid transit rail network is a step closer after the awarding of a contract worth almost $50 million.
State-of-the-art platform screen doors will be delivered by leading international supplier Faiveley Transport in a $35 million Euro contract to design, manufacture and deliver the technology on the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link.
“This technology keeps people and objects away from the edge of platforms, allowing trains to come into and leave stations much faster – and allowing more frequent and reliable train services,” Mr Elliott said.
“These systems also mean customers can get on and off trains faster because everyone knows exactly where the train will stop and where the doors will open, allowing customers to queue next to the doors and use the whole length of the platforms.
“If you’ve travelled overseas you’ve seen this technology on major rapid transit networks, used by millions of people every day – but this is the first time it’s come to Australia.”
Mr Williams said the North West Rail Link will deliver unprecedented public transport coverage for The Hills Shire.
“The NSW Government is delivering a brand new rapid transit network for Sydney with services starting on the North West Rail Link in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak, or 15 trains an hour,” Mr Williams said.
“The North West Rail Link is Australia’s biggest public transport project and the first stage of Sydney Rapid Transit, the brand new rapid transit railway network.
“The North West Rail Link includes eight new railway stations, 4,000 commuter car parking spaces and five existing railway stations upgraded to rapid transit status.”
Faiveley Transport was awarded the contract by Northwest Rapid Transit, which will operate the North West Rail Link. It has supplied platform screen doors for rapid transit systems worldwide including Lausanne, Beijing, Helsinki and Dubai.