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High Capacity Signalling is coming to Melbourne

Posted: 12 Jul 2019

Melburnians are a step closer to reaping the benefits of the next-generation signalling that will be introduced as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

Preparations are now underway to create a dedicated testing site on the Mernda rail line.

The new technology, called High Capacity Signalling, is used around the world and has been chosen to help Melbourne’s trains safely run closer together, meaning more trains, more often.

Before being rolled out on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines and in the Metro Tunnel, the signalling technology will be put through months of on-site testing and validation.

That testing site is on a 4.5km length of track between Epping and South Morang stations where preparatory works have begun to install specialised equipment, including trackside communications technology.

In August a site compound will be established in South Morang for the duration of the technology testing phase.

Specially equipped trains are scheduled to be on track for testing in the second half of 2020.