Some Mafex members with projects in Australia and New Zealand

n 2015, the New South Wales Transportation Authority awarded to the Altrac consortium , of which Alstom is part Alstom, a contract for the new 12-kilometer Sydney tram line. All last generation Citadis X0’5 trams running on this line have been manufactured at Alstom’s factory in Santa Perpètua, Barcelona.

The signaling and security systems have been developed by the Alstom regional Center located in Madrid. This project has transformed Sydney and provide a step change in the city’s public transport capability and reliability while protecting the aesthetic appeal of the Central Business District”.

◗ ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal was the sole steel supplier for the first phase of Sydney Metro project, Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project, recently inaugurated; as well as other projects around the country.

ArcelorMittal was chosen for the Sydney Metro project as it is a worldwide reference, able to offer rails that combine excellent reliability and the highest quality, without forgetting other requirements such as safety, durability, cost efficiency, service and environmental-friendliness

◗ Ardanuy Ingenieria
Ardanuy Ingeniería is present in Australia where it has participated in various Railway Projects. The Consultancy Company has carried out the Operational and Maintenance Assistance during the tender stage of different metro and tram networks for Pacific Partnerships PTY Ltd. The Company was also awarded the Technical Assistance contract to prepare the WestConnex tender, more specifically, for the tunnel section of this roadway.
Oceania’s market is a key part of Ardanuy’s Internationalization Plan and adds to the company’s other projects carried out in more than 60 countries in 5 continents. Currently, sales turnover outside of Spain is more than 80%.


CAF has become one of the main railway suppliers in the Oceania region. The company has different tram projects in cities such as Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and soon Parramatta. For this project, CAF will supply thirteen Urbos units, as well as the line systems and their integration, which include the traction system, substations, signaling system, and control and communications center for the project. The scope of the project also covers the construction of maintenance facilities.

Furthermore, CAF has supplied commuter trains for Auckland Transport in New Zealand. The Company has recently been awarded the regional train project for Transport for New South Wales in Australia.

Zealand. The company takes over projects such as the equipping of 72 electrical units (EMUs) with its on-board system “AURIGA OBS BL 2 ERTMS / ETCS + ATO” for the Auckland Transport operator network. With the first one, AURIGA OBS ERTMS will carry out the safe monitoring of the train movement with high availability and its fail-safe operation.

For its part, with AURIGA ATO, predictable train driving will be carried out that adheres to the planned timetables, thus maximising energy savings and improving passenger comfort. This contract bolsters the company’s presence in a market, such is that of Oceania, where transport authorities aim to boost the railways in forthcoming years.

ndra is working to modernize the railway network video surveillance system in Sydney. The company is equipping two control centers with the most advanced software for the operation and control of the video surveillance system for a network of over 150 commuter stations.

Additionally, Indra complemented the communications network to which 11,000 new IP cameras were connected. The solution includes all of the advantages of IP technology and allows for viewing each camera’s images in real time from any computer, tablet or cellphone connected to the network, increasing security in stations to benefit over one million daily users of commuter trains.

DOM, a leading engineering, architecture and consulting multinational, continues to strengthen its position in the international arena. Drawing on its extensive experience developing transportation system projects around the world, IDOM has now entered the rail market in Australia and New Zealand, collaborating with local partners.

Amongst others, IDOM has been participating, together with AURECON, in the Melbourne tram expansion project that connects Caulfield station with the Stud Park shopping center in Rowville. In this project, IDOM reviewed and advised on the implementation of best practices in the design of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridors, a total of 19 km, 17 stops and 30 rolling stock vehicles.

In addition, IDOM was a finalist in the tender process for the Auckland light rail project: City Center to Māngere Light Rail Project for the New Zealand Transport Authority.
IDOM has also been working in other fields in Australia, such as the first Australian Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant in Kwinana.

In recent years CETEST has played an active role in Australia and New Zealand´s market. Regarding Australia, CETEST is carrying out the homologation campaign for CAF´s Newcastle Tram, Sydney Tram and Canberra Tram. In this case, in addition to noise tests, dynamic behaviour, EMC and comfort assessments, the monitorisation of the ride quality during operation is also being performed.

Other projects in Australia includes ALSTOM´s Sydney Metro, where current collection tests and stationary tests in India by means of CETEST´s portable platforms have been carried out. As for New Zealand, Auckland EMU´s complete homologation campaign and its current extension is CETEST´s main contribution.

Ineco participates in the modernisation of the commuter rail network of Sydney, Australia, operated by Sydney Trains. With the role of Systems Integrator, the company is responsible for assisting the authority Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) to define, integrate and implement the new railway systems for the network, together with Network Rail Consulting, Acmena and The Go-Ahead Group. This role is critical to enable the network to increase its capacity significantly and allow it to absorb future demand.

This program consists of three lines of action: the upgrading of the entire signalling network to ETCS level 2; the implementation of an ATO (Automatic Train Operation) system to assist drivers; and the installation of a railway traffic management system to improve the efficiency of incidents and service throughout the entire electrified network in New South Wales. At a first step, the project is focussed on the modernisation of two railway lines closed to the city.

Since 2005 (Eastlink project in Melbourne), SICE is a reference in Oceania in ITS for tunnel projects.
SICE has participated in 7 major projects in Australia, 2 in New Zealand and 4 more that are in execution.
In Sydney, WestConnex is the largest urban tunnel (33 km) in Australia, connecting the West and Southwest regions. After M4 East (1B), WestConnex New M5 (2), M4-M5 Link (3A) and Rozelle Interchange (3B) will follow.

In Melbourne, SICE works in the Westgate tunnel, the largest project in the state of Victoria, to solve the traffic problems of the West Gate Bridge that will open to traffic in 2022.

In New Zealand, SICE delivered Waterview, the most complex tunnel project in the country’s history.

◗ Siemens

Siemens Mobility is carrying out the Goonyella project for Aurizon customer. This is a project carried out by the groups of Spain, Australia and Germany. The scope of this includes the design and supply of a ETCS Level 2 (Centralized system and track elements, as well as on-board equipment) for the coal transport line with an extension of 800 kilometers in Central Queensland (Australia) , whose system is one of the four main central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN) operated by Aurizon.

The implementation period is 48 months and is expected to be completed by June 2022.  Implementing this ETCS Level 2 technology will increase operational efficiency and competitiveness, while improving security by adopting cutting-edge technology solutions globally. This is the first ETCS system implemented by Aurizon, which will replace the current signaling system.

◗ Teltronic
Teltronic is responsible for the TETRA communications system of the Central Business District and South East Rail, a new line that extends its route over 12 kilometers and has 19 stations. The deployment comprises TETRA NEBULA infrastructure, with a Switching Control Node and base stations (MBS) to provide coverage for the entire line, and 60 RTP-300 on-board radios. The equipment is installed with a specific configuration, 1 rack-2 cabins, and the system is integrated with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and with the PA and intercom systems.

Metro North West Line, Sydney
Teltronic provided the TETRA communications system to the first Sydney metro line. The system consists of the TETRA NEBULA infrastructure, with Site Base Stations (SBS), mobile and portable terminals and 66 on-board radios RTP-603, in addition to the control center solution, CeCoTRANS with 7 operators. The network is integrated with Automatic Train Supervision (ATS), Train Control and Management System (TCMS) and Public Address and intercom systems. It also allows the transmission of text messages transmission to vehicle panels and pre-recorded messages through PA.

◗ Thales
Thales has been the technology manager from his competence center in Spain for the implementation of the communications, voice, security and passenger information systems of the Northwest Metro in Sydney; in addition to data access networks, security camera systems and passenger information monitors of the Australian network.

The line has 13 metro stations and a length of 36 km, in addition to 1,400 mobile, fixed and thermal cameras that have been integrated by Thales into the Thales Video System operating platform (TVS).

ATC consortium comprising Advisian (Australia), TYPSA and CERTIFER (France), was recently awarded the role of Independent Certifier for the greenfield components of the Sydney Metro, Australia’s most ambitious public transport project. These services include 6 greenfield stations at Martin Place, Victoria Cross, Crows Nest, Barangaroo, Pitt Street and Waterloo, along with the Line-Wide (LW) rail systems contract, and the Operations, Trains and Systems contract (OTS2).
The ATC consortium is providing local and international expertise, understanding, best practice, and deep technical and commercial insight to work for the best outcome of the Sydney Metro project and the end-user. The team began to provide the services during the first quarter of 2019. TYPSA brings its wide expertise in Metro stations and infrastructure, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Stockholm, Riyadh, Doha and Singapore.