North West Rail Link project

NRT awarded operations contract to deliver Australia’s largest public transport project

Published 16 September 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: 16th September 2014, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The New South Wales Government today formally awarded Northwest Rapid Transit consortium (NRT) the operations contract to deliver Australia’s largest public transport project, Sydney’s North West Rail Link.

The A$3.7 billion Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract is the largest of the three delivery contracts for the North West Rail Link, Australia’s first fully automated rapid transit network.

When services start in the first half of 2019, NRT will deliver 15 trains an hour during the peak periods; a train every 4 minutes.

The Chairman of the NRT Consortium, Mr Lucio Di Bartolomeo said that, as Australia’s first 'turn up and go' rapid transit network, NRT will deliver a level of customer service and safety never before seen in Australian public transport.

"The streamlined design of the rapid transit network will provide new standards in passenger access and comfort including the latest way-finding aids for real time travel information”, Mr Di Bartolomeo said.

"The highest levels of customer safety will include CCTV monitoring on constant relay to NRT's state of the art control centre", he said.

The Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium1 includes:

  • Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation – with John Holland and UGL Rail Services – who will operate and maintain the rapid transit network upon completion;
  • John Holland GroupLeighton ContractorsMTR and UGL Rail Services - a four way joint venture to deliver the infrastructure and rail systems;
  • Plenary Group – the financial sponsor and capital arranger.

NRT’s rapid transit fleet will be delivered by international train manufacturer Alstom.

A world leading, safe and reliable train, Alstom’s Metropolis serves many of the great global cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona and Singapore.

The system will be equipped with the computer based train control (CBTC) Urbalis 400, which minimises the time stopping at stations and the time between each service, ensuring a comfortable and reliable journey for customers.

1 See accompanying NRT consortium fact sheet

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