$296 million Sydney rail operations centre opens

The opening of Australia’s first purpose-built rail operation centre aims to make the more 1.4 million train trips taken in Sydney each day more reliable.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minster Andrew Constance officially opened the $296 million Sydney centre earlier this week.

“The Rail Operations Centre begins a new era of rail in Sydney, and will set new standards across the country,” Ms. Berejiklian said.

“Sydney has one of the most complex rail networks in the world and the new Rail Operations Centre will ensure the best possible service for commuters, including faster recovery from unplanned disruptions.”

Mr. Constance said state government would continue to invest in the infrastructure needed to keeping people moving.

“Its massive display board is 33 metres long, bigger than that used by NASA’s Mission Control Centre, and can track where every train is running at any given time across the Sydney Trains network,” Mr. Constance said.

“At similar facilities in Hong Kong and Tokyo, all critical operation teams are positioned in one location, which means better coordination and response to critical incidents on the network.”

Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins said more than 660 employees will be based at the centre, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We have dedicated teams of engineers, train controllers, rail technicians, communication teams and security personnel all working together to keep our customers moving,” Mr. Collins said.

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