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Thales to supply central control and communication systems for Australia’s Sydney Metro to City & Southwest


The project to extend Sydney Metro to City & Southwest has taken another step forward with Thales signing an AUD$250 million (€153 million) contract with Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission the line’s central control and communication systems.

The Sydney Metro to City & Southwest (SMCSW) is an extension of the successful Sydney Metro North West (SMNW) project, expanding the network to include an additional 66 kilometres of rail and 31 metro stations from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour and through Sydney’s central business district to Sydenham

The project will include a 15km greenfield line with seven new stations and the conversion of the existing suburban line to metro standards, covering a further 13km, and revamping 11 existing stations. The project also includes the expansion of the current Sydney Metro trains facility at Rouse Hill, and a new trains facility at Sydenham.

Thales has been contracted to supply a central control system that will ensure seamless rail operations, including the provision of real-time control mechanisms, and the integration and management of data from multiple third-party systems while providing a streamlined and holistic view of the entire network.

In addition, the new centralised communications system will connect the public address, passenger information and CCTV networks. This fully integrated approach to information and security management will enhance the commuter’s journey by providing the information and reassurance necessary to enjoy a safe and timely rail experience.

Millar Crawford, Thales.

Millar Crawford, executive vice president of Thales Ground Transportation Systems, said: “We are very proud to sign this new contract with MTR.

“MTR, the Sydney Metro Authority and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) can continue to rely on Thales’s engagement and expertise in urban mobility. It is a new success for Thales after the last contract signed recently with Adif Alta Velocidad in Spain.”

“This project reinforces Thales’s global experience and expertise in the area of communication and supervision systems.”


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