AUSTRALIA: Queensland Rail requested expressions of interest on May 9 for the supply of European Train Control System Level 2 lineside and onboard equipment for its South East Queensland electrified suburban network.

According to the tender documents, QR is seeking ‘to improve operational safety, improve the capacity of the existing network and to use the opportunity to simplify and re-write the operating principles, safety rules and procedures’.

Successful respondents would be asked to participate in a Collaborative Development Group to develop ‘interoperability rules for the possible future implementation of ETCS Level 2’, prior to contracts being let. Responses are required by May 30.