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Implementation of the Advanced Train Management System

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2014 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$70,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$50,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Corporation of the City of Port Augusta,Corporation of the City of Whyalla,City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder,Maralinga Tjarutja
State:SA, WA
Corridor:Perth - Adelaide

Project Description

The Advanced Train Management System is a communications based safe working system being developed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation to replace traditional trackside signalling across the interstate rail network including the Hunter Valley rail network. It uses GPS navigation systems, broadband communications and state-of-the-art computer technology to locate and route trains in real time.

The early stages of the implementation of the ATMS project will involve deploying a communications based safe working system on a section of track between Port Augusta and Whyalla in South Australia (Stage One), and to prepare a 1,280km section of track for ATMS between Tarcoola and West Kalgoorlie (Stage Two).


ATMS will provide for greater capacity on existing rail infrastructure by allowing trains to run closer together. It will also provide safety benefits through the ability to automatically safely slow and stop a train.


The Australian Government is investing $50 million towards this project. Initial funding of $25.696 million has been approved by the Government for Stages One and Two. ARTC has committed $20 million towards this project.


Stage One of the ATMS Implementation is scheduled for completion in September 2019. Stage Two of the project is also scheduled for completion in September 2019. Further stages of the ATMS Implementation are under development.

Related Links

The Australian Rail Track Corporation website

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Project details last updated: 17/10/2019