Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Stages One and Two of 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 - Mid 2023
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 involves deploying a communications based safe working system on a section of track between Port Augusta and Whyalla in South Australia (Stage One), and a 1,280km section of track for ATMS between Port Augusta and 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. Funding of $36.728 million has been approved by the Government for Stages One and Two. ARTC has committed $20 million towards these works.


Stage One (Port Augusta to Whyalla) of ATMS was commissioned as the live safety system in September 2020. Stage Two (Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie) commenced planning works in late 2017. Stage Two implementation works are scheduled for completion by July 2023.

Related Links

The Australian Rail Track Corporation website

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Project details last updated: 24/03/2021