Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Modern rail technology to advance safety on Trans Australia Railway

Media Release


23 November 2017

Joint release with:

John Fullerton

ARTC Chief Executive Officer

  • Trans-Australian Railway testing ground for innovative rail technology
  • Advanced Train Management System will provide major efficiency and safety gains on east-west interstate railway
  • $50 million Australian Government investment into making the national rail network safer

Australia's Trans-Australian Railway continues to be a hub of innovation in its centenary year with work underway to investigate the introduction of state-of-the-art rail technology along a 1,280 kilometre section of track between Tarcoola (SA) and West Kalgoorlie (WA).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) replaces the need for on-track signals, using GPS and wireless technology to locate trains and provide real-time information.

“ATMS has been undergoing rigorous development and testing on the Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) rail network in South Australia for the past eight years and the Tarcoola to Kalgoorlie section will soon be ready for the next phase of the trial,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government has committed $50 million to ARTC to support the roll-out of ATMS which will revolutionise the way we manage rail freight services by increasing capacity and improving operational flexibility, safety and reliability.

“That means we can run more trains, more often and safer than ever before through highly innovative in-cab technology and modern telecommunications systems.”

ARTC Chief Executive Officer John Fullerton said Lockheed Martin Australia is playing a major role in the introduction of ATMS.

“The ARTC and technology partner, Lockheed Martin, expect to have ATMS in live operations as the accredited safeworking system between Port Augusta and Whyalla by late 2018,” Mr Fullerton said.

“Advanced trials of the system have been successfully taking place between Port Augusta and Whyalla since 2015, and additional on-track tests, using locomotives and an ATMS fitted road-rail vehicle, are planned for later this year.

“These on-track trials provide the opportunity for users of the system—network controllers and train drivers—to provide feedback on how it is working and exposes ATMS to real-world operations.”