Siemens wins €900m contract for driverless metro in Sydney

  • January 3, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Siemens Mobility has landed a €900m contract for a turnkey driverless metro system linking Sydney and new Western Sydney International Airport.

Siemens is the system integrator and partner for delivery of the city-shaping railway line that will service between St Marys, the Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The company has been awarded a contract to deliver 12 automated, driverless three-car metro trains, a purpose-built depot, the digital rail infrastructure including signalling, electrification, telecoms and platform screen doors, as well as system integration, testing and commissioning.

The company will also complete a 15-year maintenance contract.

Siemens Mobility is delivering the turnkey project as a member of the Parklife Metro consortium with its partners Webuild, RATP Dev, Siemens Financial Services and Plenary Group, all with international experience in delivering infrastructure projects. The Siemens Mobility portion of the contract is €900m.

“We are excited to win and deliver this important project to help connecting communities and travellers with the new Western Sydney International Airport and the growing region,” said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility. “This project will give the people of Sydney sustainable transport with new rail services, offering quick, reliable and CO2-free journeys. We will provide the full suite of our latest digital technology, platforms and portfolio. Our Railigent X digital asset management applications will ensure highest reliability and availability of the assets.”

The project highlights a significant milestone for Siemens Mobility in Australia, with the first turnkey project and first public private partnership. The airport is forecast to have ten million passengers by the early 2030s and will be Sydney’s first round-the-clock airport. The city-shaping rail link will support access to the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis that will create approximately 200,000 jobs, providing a major economic stimulus for the Western Sydney, New South Wales and national economies.

Siemens Mobility will implement the Railigent X mobility application suite for digital services to help gain data insights in operation to improve reliability and availability for the assets. Railigent X will provide an optimised maintenance regime as a result of the Fracas (failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system) and RCM (reliability centred maintenance) analysis. 

For over 150 years, Siemens has been helping to transform Australia. In 1893, Siemens completed construction of the Hobart Tramway in Tasmania, said to be the first electric tramway to be established with any success in the southern hemisphere. Siemens Mobility Australia has a track record in deploying transport infrastructure projects in all Australian states and in New Zealand. The company’s core business areas are rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems, and related services.