The operational challenges associated with the doubling of Perth's urban rail network

The transformation of Perth's urban rail system over the past five years has been immense. The key to its success has been the ability to anticipate and plan for what is required. The implementation of new train planning and rostering systems from the outset enabled the changes to be put together in a timely and thorough way with a minimum of mistakes being encountered. The work directly associated with the opening of the Southern Suburbs Railway (SSR) in December 2007 presented its own significant challenges and responses. However, in the most part, the operational success of the opening owed a lot to the steady development and changes within the urban railways operation from 2002 onwards. The opening of the SSR was not the only network extension of Perth's urban rail system - in preceding years extensions to Clarkson and Thornlie had taken place. In the same timescale, new railcars had been introduced to the system and the train control system had been completely replaced. All these events took place against a backcloth of a booming economy, an unprecedented increase in patronage on the rail system and intense public scrutiny. This paper attempts to provide an understanding of the operational work which went hand in hand with the development of the urban rail network. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E218118.


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  • Pagination: 8P
  • Monograph Title: Rail: the core of integrated transport: CORE 2008: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2008, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01143925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:14PM