The Public Transport Authority is investing in Perth’s future rail transport needs with a major upgrade of its radio system.
The $136.1 million Radio Systems Replacement project will involve the design and build of a new digital radio system, to replace the existing analogue system. Unlike the analogue system, which only allows audio (i.e. voice) transmissions, the new digital system will also allow for the transmission of data, which is becoming increasingly important for train operations. It will also provide increased reliability and flexibility, allowing for a more efficient rail network and supporting plans for future expansion.
The new digital radio system will consist of fixed infrastructure (radio masts) at various locations across the rail network. All radio devices in trains, security vehicles and handheld radios for mobile staff will also be replaced with new digital-friendly equipment. Significant commissioning and testing will be carried out to ensure the new system integrates with existing systems.
In July 2018, the PTA awarded the contract for the project’s design and build to a joint venture between Huawei and UGL. This followed a competitive, interactive tender process which began in 2017. As the project progresses steps will be taken to communicate, and where possible reduce, construction impacts to passengers, the community and other key stakeholders. The new digital radio system is expected to be operational by early 2021.
- February 2017 – EOI tender process began
- July 2018 – Design and Build contract awarded
- Mid-late 2018 – Design and early works
- 2019-2020 – Construction and fit out
- During 2020 – Testing and commissioning
- Early 2021 – New system introduced