The Public Transport Authority is investing in Perth’s future rail transport needs with a major upgrade of its radio system.
The Radio Systems Replacement project is a new digital radio system which will allow for a more efficient rail network and support plans for future expansion.
To support the new system some new infrastructure will be built throughout the network. During this work steps will be taken to reduce the impact to passengers, the community and key stakeholders.
An Expression of Interest process began in late 2016. A competitive process is now underway to determine the preferred bidder for the main contract. The contract is expected to be awarded in April 2018.
Construction and implementation
The Radio Systems Replacement work will involve installing new, or replacing existing, infrastructure, including towers/poles, with new digital friendly infrastructure and all radio devices will be replaced with new equipment. Significant commissioning and testing will follow to ensure the new system integrates with existing systems.
Information on the full scope of the construction impacts will be determined once the contractor is appointed and designs are completed.
- Late-2016 – EOI tender process begins
- Late 2017 – Competitive contract process
- Early 2018- Contract award
- 2017-2018 – Design and Early Works
- 2018-2020 – Construction and fit out
- During 2020 – Testing and commissioning
- Late 2020 – New system introduced
An existing radio mast near Ashton Avenue Bridge in Claremont is being replaced with a new ‘digital capable’ radio mast in a nearby location. This is to make way for Main Roads bridge replacement works in 2018.
It is expected the mast will be installed early 2018. More information will be provided to the nearby community and businesses as it becomes available. There is no expected impact to rail lines or services in the area.