Thales gets on board Sydney Metro
The company has been selected to provide the Central Control System and Communication System for the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia, which opens in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak. Thales will deliver both systems to the Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium as a key supplier to NRT’s Systems Joint Venture.
The AUD 8.3 billon Sydney Metro Northwest is the first stage of Sydney Metro. The objective is to deliver a new standalone 36 km metro rail system for Sydney, including eight new railway stations, five existing stations upgraded and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces. The NSW Government has announced metro rail will be extended from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and southwest to Bankstown.
As a world leader in transport solutions, Thales is bringing to Australia expertise gained from projects in some of the world’s most high-profile cities: London, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. The Central Control System will ensure seamless rail operations, including real-time control mechanisms and data for various diverse systems, while providing a ‘big picture’ holistic view of the entire network. The Communication System will connect the public address and passenger information systems, CCTV and digital information boards, to a centralised system allowing a fully integrated approach to information management.
Thales helps urban transport operators increase capacity and offer new services that enhance the passenger experience and make public transport more attractive. Thales provides supervision to over 100 metro lines in 46 cities around the world.
Thales in Australia
Thales in Australia is a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales in Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2014.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.