Project

More Trains More Services

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
More Trains More Services

The first phase of the More Trains, More Services (MTMS) program saw a capital investment of over $1.5 billion by the NSW Government to upgrade Sydney’s rail network. 

Key priorities of the MTMS Stage Two include:

  • implementing digitalised train control and management systems
  • enabling frequent, ‘turn-up-and-go’ services on the T4 Illawarra Line and T8 Airport & South Line, as well as improved services on the South Coast Line
  • upgrading capacity at Central Sydeny to support increased services
  • infrastructure upgrades on the T1 Western and Northern Line to support increased services, and
  • improved capacity on the South Coast Line to cater for future freight demands. 

 

Key Dates

Dec 2016 Project Announcement
Jul 2020 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NSW Government

2021-22 NSW Budget reported $2.4 billion as the estimated spend on More Trains More Services Program to 30 June 2021. The 2021-22 NSW Budget committed $3.1 billion over next four years for the program.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2016 Stage Two of the project was announced by the NSW Government.
Nov 2017 Stage one completed with 1,500 extra weekly train services added to the network
May 2020 Contracts for works from Central Station to Hurstville and Mortdale to Kiama were awarded by NSW Government.
Nov 2020 2020-21 NSW Budget alllocated $2.8 billion over the next four years, including $824 million in 2020-21, for More Trains, More Services.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 NSW Budget committed $3.1 billion over next four years, including $1.1 billion in FY2021-22 for the program.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Project (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Project pages
TfNSW
Major Contract

More Trains More Services Stage Two – Mortdale to Kiama Capital Works

PROJECT STATUS
Under Delivery
More Trains More Services Stage Two – Mortdale to Kiama Capital Works

The civil works undertaken as part of the More Trains More Services program will see essential upgrades to rail infrastructure including stabling yards, signalling, track, station platforms and power supply at key locations between Mortdale and Kiama. The work will support the introduction of new suburban and intercity trains and allow more frequent train services on the T4 Illawarra and South Coast lines.

Civil works undertaken within the package include:

  • Mortdale maintenance centre upgrade
  • T4 Stabling & Waterfall infrastructure upgrade
  • Power upgrades
  • T4 and South Coast Station upgrades
  • Asset rationalisation, asset resilience, transport Integration and sustainability, and
  • upgrades and extensions to Dapto and Shellharbour Junction stations.

Other capital works may also be included under the contract.

Key Dates

May 2020 Contract Award
Jul 2020 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2022 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Successful Tenderer: Tomorrow Partnership comprising of Laing O’Rourke & KBR

PROJECT HISTORY

Jul 2018 An industry briefing for the MTMS program and the related Digital Systems Program was held.
Dec 2018 Early Notification of Potential Upcoming Expression of Interest was issued.
Dec 2019 Expression of Interest for Pre-Qualification was issued.
May 2020 Contract for works from Central Station to Hurstville awarded.
Jun 2021 Final works on concept development and signalling detailed design were finalised by WSP to support the rollout of the new intercity fleet.
Aug 2021 The NSW Government announced additional works to be undertaken. Improvements to Dapto and Shellharbour Junction stations will be made, including extending platforms, lighting, line markings and tactile paving work to improve safety, and upgrades to signalling, overhead wiring and a new maintenance facility at Dapto.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Project (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Major Contract

More Trains More Services Stage Two – Digital Systems Program

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
More Trains More Services Stage Two – Digital Systems Program

The Digital Systems Program will replace current signalling and train control technology with modern, intelligent systems. It will help improve reliability, increase capacity and enhance customer experience on Sydney’s railways.

Part of More Trains, More Services Stage Two, the Digital Systems Program consists of three main elements:

  • replacing traditional trackside signalling equipment with the latest ‘in cab’ train control technology (European Train Control System Level Two)
  • implementing Automatic Train Operation, which assists drivers – who remain in control – to provide reduced and more consistent journey times, and
  • introducing a Traffic Management System to help the railway recover from any disruption quickly and manage the overall network as effectively as possible.

Digital Systems will help achieve the vision of transport for NSW's Future Transport 2056 agenda, enabling an increase in capacity across the railway network to meet future demand, and provide reduced journey times and enhanced real-time information.

The first stage of the Program involves developing, testing and validating Digital Systems on parts of the T4 Line, from Sutherland to Cronulla and from Bondi Junction to Redfern.

Digital Systems Facility

A new Digital Systems Facility will be built at the existing Chullora Rail Centre to support the integration of future technologies across the Sydney Trains network.

The facility will allow new digital technologies to be tested and integrated in a simulated environment without disruptions to the rail network and provide learning and development areas for staff.

Major construction is scheduled to commence mid 2020. The new facility is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Key Dates

2019 Procurement of supplier packages begin
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Jan 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NSW Government

In 2018, the NSW Government allocated over $800 million towards the first stage of the the Digital Systems Program.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Digital Signals Upgrade T4 Line contract
Successful Tenderer - Siemens Mobility

System Integrator
Successful Tenderer - Network Rail Consulting

Trackside Package – Erskineville to Bondi Junction
Successful Tenderer - Alstom

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2018 Network Rail Consulting was awarded the System Integrator contract. System Integrator is also set to assist with procurement of major supplier packages.
Nov 2019 EOI was issued for the Digital Systems Facility.
Feb 2020 The NSW Government awarded the $110 million set of contracts for digital systems upgrade on the T4 line between Sutherland and Cronulla.
Oct 2020 The NSW Government opened a Market Sounding process for an Advanced Train Management System and European Train Control System Level Two ‘interoperability solution’ for the Digital Systems Program, closing on 6 November.
Mar 2021 The NSW Government awarded a set of contracts worth $110 million in total for digital systems upgrade on the T4 line between Sutherland and Cronulla.
Sep 2021 Transport for NSW awarded a Trackside Package contract, valued at $54 million, to Alstom, covering European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 deployment for Erskineville to Bondi Junction section. The contract included delivery and integration testing, including design, supply, install, configure, test, commissioning, training, bringing to service and handover of the signalling.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Major Contract

More Trains More Services Stage Two – Central to Hurstville Capital Works

PROJECT STATUS
Under Delivery
More Trains More Services Stage Two – Central to Hurstville Capital Works

The civil works undertaken as part of the More Trains More Services program will see essential upgrades to rail infrastructure including stabling yards, signalling, track, station platforms and power supply at key locations between Central, the T8 Airport Line tunnel and Hurstville. The work will support the introduction of new suburban and intercity trains and allow more frequent train services on the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South, and South Coast lines.

Civil works undertaken within the package includes:

  • Central Sydney capacity upgrade
  • Erskineville crossover
  • Hurstville crossover
  • Airport Tunnel upgrade
  • Mascot Station upgrade
  • Hurstville Station upgrade
  • Power upgrades
  • Upgrade of Sydney Yard, and
  • Asset rationalisation, asset resilience, transport integration and sustainability.

Other capital works may also be included under the contract.
 

Key Dates

May 2020 Contract Award
Jul 2020 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2022 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Successful Tenderer: The Next Rail partnership comprising of John Holland & Jacobs

PROJECT HISTORY

Jul 2018 An industry briefing for the MTMS program and the related Digital Systems Program was held.
Dec 2018 Early Notification of Potential Upcoming Expression of Interest was issued.
Jun 2019 Expression of Interest for Pre-Qualification was issued.
May 2020 Contract for works from Central Station to Hurstville awarded.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Project (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Media releases
2016/12/01
2020/05/21
Major Contract

More Trains More Services Stage Two – Digital Systems Program Tranche Two

PROJECT STATUS
Announced

The Digital Systems Program will replace current signalling and train control technology with modern, intelligent systems. It will help improve reliability, increase capacity and enhance customer experience on Sydney’s railways.

Part of More Trains, More Services Stage Two, the Digital Systems Program consists of three main elements:

  • replacing traditional trackside signalling equipment with the latest ‘in cab’ train control technology (European Train Control System Level Two)
  • implementing Automatic Train Operation, which assists drivers – who remain in control – to provide reduced and more consistent journey times, and
  • introducing a Traffic Management System to help the railway recover from any disruption quickly and manage the overall network as effectively as possible.

Tranche Two of the Digital Systems Program covers the North Shore, City Circle, City Area and Sydney Terminal. 

Key Dates

Jun 2022 Project Announcement

Funding contributions

NSW Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2022 The 2022-23 NSW Budget allocated $661 million to the project over four years, including $108 million in FY2022-23. The funding is conditional and will deliver planning and enabling works on the signalling and train control system to replace the conventional signalling assets that are approaching life expiry on the busiest parts of the rail network, covering the North Shore, City Circle, City Area and Sydney Terminal.
Estimated Total Cost
(2022)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Project pages
Transport for NSW