SIEMENS Mobility has released further details about the contract it has been awarded to supply 12 three-car driverless trains for the Sydney Metro’s Western Sydney Airport project, as well as a rolling stock depot where it will undertake maintenance of the new fleet for 15 years.

Siemens Mobility forms part of the Parklife Metro consortium, also including Webuild, RATP Dev, Siemens Financial Services and the Plenary Group, which last month was awarded the turnkey stations, systems, trains, operations and maintenance (SSTOM) contract for the Western Sydney Airport project.

In addition to rolling stock, Siemens Mobility will be supplying signalling, electrification and telecommunications systems as well as platform screen doors. It will also undertake systems integration, testing and commissioning.

An artist's impression of the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport line's northern terminus station at St Marys. Picture credit: Siemens Mobility

Siemens Mobility’s share of the turnkey contract is valued at €900m. The project will see the first use of Siemens’ Railigent X digital asset management suite in Australia.

Siemens Mobility says Railigent X uses algorithms and data analysis to help operators to understand their data, to generate information of value in maintaining equipment and to gain deeper insights into the performance of their assets. Railigent X incorporates Fracas (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System) and RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), which the company says will improve operations, optimise maintenance, provide greater cost efficiency and increase the availability of rolling stock and lineside assets.

A map of the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport line which the Parklife Metro consortium contract covers. Picture credit: Sydney Metro

The Western Sydney Airport line will run from St Marys to the new Western Sydney International Airport - which is expected to handle 10 million passengers a year by the early 2030s - and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, covering 11,200ha and intended to become a new business district generating around 200,000 jobs. Construction of the Western Sydney Airport line began in 2020 and the project is due to be completed by 2030. 

“This project offers passengers a new transport service that enables fast, reliable and climate-neutral travel,” says Siemens Mobility CEO, Mr Michael Peter. “Our digital Railigent X asset management applications will ensure the highest reliability and availability.”

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