German company Siemens Mobility has been awarded a $1.4 billion contract as the system integration partner for the Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport rail project.
The company has been awarded a contract to deliver 12 automated, driverless 3-car metro trains, a purpose built depot, the digital rail infrastructure including signalling, electrification, telecoms and platform screen doors as well as system integration, testing and commissioning for the new line which will run between St Marys, the new Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The company will also complete a 15-year maintenance contract post implementation for the $63 billion project, which is Australia’s largest public transport project with four metro lines, 46 stations and 113 kilometres of new track running on tracks up to a maximum depth of 90 metres below the surface.
Siemens Mobility is delivering the turnkey project as a member of the Parklife Metro consortium with its partners Webuild, RATP Dev, Siemens Financial Services and Plenary Group.
“We are excited to win and deliver this important project to help connecting communities and travellers with the new Western Sydney International Airport and the growing region,” said Michael Peter, Chief executive of Siemens Mobility
“This project will give the people of Sydney sustainable transport with new rail services, offering quick, reliable and CO2-free journeys.”
The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project highlights a significant milestone for Siemens Mobility in Australia, with the first turnkey project and first Public Private Partnership.
The new airport is forecast to have 10 million passengers by the early 2030s and will be Sydney’s first 24/7 airport. The city-shaping rail link will support access to the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis that will create approximately 200,000 new jobs, providing a major economic stimulus for the Western Sydney, New South Wales and national economies.
Siemens Mobility will implement Railigent X – the Mobility Application Suite for digital services – to help gain valuable data insights in operation to enable greater reliability and availability for the assets.
The new metro line has a target capacity of 40,000 customers, compared with the current capacity of the current system which is 24,000 people per hour.
The first driverless trains will be tested under Sydney Harbour and the CBD later this year. Estimates for the opening of the first lines have been pushed back from the first quarter of 2024 to late 2024 or 2025.