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Metro Tunnel

High capacity signalling

As part of the Metro Tunnel project, 55 kilometres of next generation, high capacity signalling will be installed.

Current trackside signals allow 20 trains per hour to run reliably. High capacity signalling allows trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often.

The advanced technology will enable trains every two to three minutes – creating a true 'turn-up-and-go' train network for Melbourne.

A trial of high capacity signalling will begin on a section of the Clifton Hill Group and then be rolled out along new Sunbury – Cranbourne/Pakenham line that will run through the Metro Tunnel.

It will be the first roll-out of high capacity signalling on an existing network anywhere in Australia.

Dedicated control centres will be built in Dandenong and Sunshine to support the new technology. The centres will be staffed by experts who will monitor trains on the new Metro Tunnel line.

High Capacity Metro Trains

New High Capacity Metro Trains will run through the Metro Tunnel. They will be longer than existing trains with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding.

High capacity metro trains will progressively enter service from mid-2019, operating first on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and longer term will run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

To find out more visit the High Capacity Metro Trains Project website.

Platform screen doors

Each station will be fitted with floor-to-ceiling toughened glass walls along the length of its platforms and 60 platform screen doors.  They will be custom-built to accommodate the new HCMTs that will run on the new end-to-end line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the southeast via the Metro Tunnel.

These will open and close automatically when trains arrive at and depart stations, improving passenger safety and boarding times, helping manage the station environment and improve tunnel ventilation. They will also feature clear entry markings to make it easy for passengers to know where to wait for their train.

Platform screen doors are commonly used in some of the world’s leading underground rail networks including London, Hong Kong and Paris.

In July 2018 contracts were signed with global supplier Faiveley Transport, a French-based subsidiary of Wabtec, to design and supply more than two kilometres of platform screens doors.

The $23 million contract will create a dozen Victorian jobs, with elements of the platform screen doors tested locally at a train depot in Pakenham East before being installed at the new stations.