West Australian transport minister Rita Saffioti says a newly-submitted business case for Automatic Train Control (ATC) will pave the way for federal funding to improve signalling on Perth’s rail network.
The state government said on June 22 it had sent a business case for ATC to Infrastructure Australia. Approval from the independent advisory body would potentially facilitate funding support from the federal government.
The ATC program would gradually replace Perth’s ageing signalling network with a modern state-of-the-art digital version, Saffioti said.
“The McGowan Government continues to press the case for more federal funding for WA infrastructure projects, and putting our plans to Infrastructure Australia is a key part of that,” the minister said.
In September 2017 the McGowan Government committed $7.4 million over two years to plan its new signalling project, which will come under its Metronet urban rail program.
“Metronet is about thinking beyond the immediate future and anticipating what Perth’s future transport needs will be,” Saffioti said.
“Part of this will be making sure our existing network is modernised and continues to deliver what commuters need. Automatic Train Control is an exciting project that allows for future capacity growth and will give passengers more frequent, reliable, safe and punctual train operations.”