AUSTRALIA: Alstom is to supply automated metro trainsets and signalling for the North West Rail Link in Sydney under a contract worth €280m.

Alstom will be responsible for project management, design and supply of 22 Metropolis trainsets and Urbalis 400 communications-based train control. The trains will be six-car formations, although the platforms will be long enough for eight-car trainsets.

The Northwest Rapid Transit consortium signed the A$3·7bn Operations, Trains & Systems contract on September 16. The largest PPP awarded in New South Wales will see the consortium deliver the NWRL by the first half of 2019 and operate it for 15 years.

According to NSW Premier Mike Baird, the NWRL will run 15 trains/h in the peaks, with 98% on-time running when services begin.