MINING company Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) for the autonomous operation of trains serving the group’s Pilbara iron-ore mines in Western Australia.
THE Australian federal government has committed substantial funding to rail related projects in its 2017-2018 budget, which was announced on May 8, although closer examination reveals that a significant amount of this funding will be provided as government equity, thereby appearing ‘off budget.’
THE Australian federal government and the state of Western Australian have released a joint statement announcing the allocation of $A 3.2bn ($US 2.4bn) in this month’s 2018-19 federal budget for infrastructure development in the state, including a further $A 1.05bn towards Perth’s Metronet suburban rail expansion.
PUBLIC Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA) has issued a request for prequalification for a $A 1.6bn ($US 1.4bn) tender to supply a fleet of 17 six-car EMUs for its Metronet project plus 24 six-car trains to replace ageing A-Series trains on its Perth commuter rail network.
GLOBAL mining company Rio Tinto provided updates on progress with its AutoHaul driverless train project and plans for upcoming capital expenditure on its heavy-haul iron-ore rail network in the Pilbara region at an investor seminar in Sydney on December 4.
GLOBAL mining company Rio Tinto announced on October 2 that it has successfully completed its the first fully-autonomous trip on its heavy-haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
THE government of the Australian state of Western Australia announced on September 7 that it has allocated a budget of $A 1.34bn ($US 1.08bn) over the next four years for its Metronet expansion of the Perth suburban rail network.
GLOBAL mining company Rio Tinto says automation of its Western Australia Pilbara iron ore heavy-haul rail network (Autohaul) is progressing well, with around 20% of all train kilometres now operating in autonomous mode, albeit with drivers still on-board managing the remaining safety and reliability systems.
THE Australian federal government published its 2017-2018 budget on May 9, committing up to $A 20bn ($US 14.7bn) in current and forward investment in rail projects that it says will cut congestion in cities, provide growth in regional areas and create new employment opportunities.