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SYSTRA to acquire Rail Systems Australia

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SYSTRA has signed an agreement to acquire Rail Systems Australia, an Australian company specialising in engineering, signalling and telecommunications in the rail sector.

Rail Systems Australia was founded in 2017 in Perth and employs 130 people across offices in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

This acquisition will enable SYSTRA to complete its range of services, not only for SYSTRA Australia and New Zealand (SYSTRA ANZ), but also for the group as a whole.

SYSTRA ANZ Managing Director Alana Newbrook said Australia was one of the most dynamic economies in the world, with a strong growth rate in transport infrastructure construction.

“In expanding skills and numbers in the systems integration space, at a time where the need for efficient, reliable, and adaptable infrastructure projects has never been greater, SYSTRA has reinforced its position as a key player in the sector, able to meet the needs of the region’s fast-growing rail market,” she said.

SYSTRA is currently contributing to several major projects in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Metro, the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP), NorthConnex, Newcastle Light Rail and Cross River Rail.

“As the infrastructure market continues to evolve, moving away from mega projects and placing increased focus on asset management, operations and maintenance, digital system upgrades and integration to futureproof our networks, SYSTRA ANZ is now poised to bring an expanded local team, backed by global best practice to deliver better, more sustainable and integrated public transport networks to the region,” Newbrook said.

“This is the second acquisition for this year, with SYSTRA ANZ acquiring Bamser, an Australian-based infrastructure consultancy renowned for its excellence in underground engineering in March.

“The integration of Rail Systems Australia into SYSTRA makes complete sense: we work in the same buoyant sector of railway engineering, and our skills naturally complement each other to offer a comprehensive service to our clients to meet their current and future challenges. More than ever, we are committed to strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and partners, with whom we are moving forward with confidence.”

Rail Systems Australia Managing Director Tom Warner said  the SYSTRA Group was a benchmark in the transport and mobility sector.

“This is a major step in our development and our combined expertise will serve the country’s ambitions in terms of transport: to promote safe and sustainable mobility for all,” he said.

About Rail Systems Australia
Rail Systems Australia is an independent rail engineering practice focussed on the integration of telecommunications, signalling and train control systems to deliver safer, more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable rail operations. Rail Systems Australia works with rail operators across Australia and New Zealand in planning for the future and developing solutions to help navigate technological change. 
SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consultancy groups specialising in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the group has been committed to helping cities and territories to contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures. With its 10,600 employees, the Group’s mission is to make travel more fluid throughout the world in order to bring populations closer together and facilitate access to employment, education and leisure. After completing its first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, SYSTRA opened its first permanent office in New Zealand in 2022 and continues to grow in both geography and headcount.