John Holland Rail & Transport has won a significant contract with the Western Australian Government to design and build a multi-use training facility which will, for the first time, allow students in WA to study a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling.
The training facility will service the METRONET program and will be operated by North Metropolitan (NM) TAFE.
A Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling is a specialist qualification at completion and delivers national recognition. This kind of specialist training is currently only available in Newcastle, NSW, and Melbourne.
John Holland Rail delivery manager John Ma said the new facility would provide advanced training opportunities for West Australians seeking to further their careers in the rail industry, as well as help retain the best talent in WA during a nation-wide skills shortage.
“It’s great to be involved in a project that will give TAFE students the resources they need to learn how to install, operate and repair signalling infrastructure. This project will support the next generation of rail professionals, and maximise long-term employment opportunities,” he said.
“Once complete the training facility will ensure the people working on WA’s infrastructure are able to implement the most up-to-date technology.”
As part of the advanced training facility, John Holland will be constructing a dual-track level crossing with a pedestrian crossing, maintenance track with multiple sleeper types, and a crossover point.
Broken down, the construction work involves the delivery of:
– Earthworks for the track and Signalling Equipment Room (SER)
– Construction of track including the laying of sleepers, rail, and ballast
– Construction of the SER
– Construction of all cable routes and pits
– Construction of all racking and associated signalling equipment
– Construction of a level crossing and track equipment
– Construction of all location cases and control equipment.
Work on the project began in early May 2022.