Melbourne commuters are set to be the beneficiaries of a revamped rail signalling system that will see more trains run actively on the network, on more frequent occasions.
Premier Daniel Andrews was in Japan to make the announcement that $35 million extra funding will be available for the project.
“The high capacity signalling technology will go on board our new locally built trains so we can run more trains, more often – and passengers can just turn up and go.”
“Tokyo’s public transport is reliable, clean and efficient – it’s exactly the kind of world class system we’re building for Melbourne.”
New signalling technology means that trains on the rail network will be able to run closer together, thanks to improved communications between the trains themselves and track equipment on the lines they operate on. It is expected that up to 30 extra services per line would be able to run every hour, ensuring a service every 2 minutes.
The signalling equipment will be installed on the newly announced high capacity trains that will start arriving on Melbourne’s rail network in 2019.
All of the works are developed in preparation for the upcoming Metro Tunnel, which will allow up to 39,000 extra passengers in a 2 hour period to travel on Melbourne’s trains.
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