New facility announced for digital innovation on Sydney trains network

Transport for NSW is establishing a new Digital Systems Facility in Chullora to support the integration of future technologies across the Sydney train network.

The facility will be built at the Rail Technology Campus at Chullora, and will enable the testing and integration of digital technologies into a simulated environment without disruptions to the rail network.

The Digital Systems Facility is is due for completion by the end of 2021, and forms part of the $831 million first stage investment to transform the Sydney Trains network.

The focus of the facility will be on replacing legacy signalling and train control technologies with modern, internationally proven, intelligent systems.

“This technology is a key enabler towards achieving the goals of Future Transport 2056, delivering increased capacity and significant performance, cost and safety benefits for both passenger and freight services,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

The Digital Systems program will also include replacing trackside signalling equipment with the latest European Train Control System Level 2 technology, to provide faster and more consistent journey times.

A new Traffic Management System will also be introduced for more effective service regulation and incident management across the network.