Peter Winder - ARTC - Inland Rail and ATMS – The future for Australia’s rail freight industry


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Peter Winder delivered the presentation at the 2014 Heavy Haul Rail Conference.

The 2014 Heavy Haul Rail Conference had a focus on driving efficiency with smarter technology. Australasia’s only heavy haul rail event is the annual meeting place for professionals interested in the latest projects, technologies and innovation in this dynamic sector.

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Peter Winder - ARTC - Inland Rail and ATMS – The future for Australia’s rail freight industry

  2. 2. THE FREIGHT CHALLENGE •Australian freight volumes will double by 2030 and triple by 2050 •The current freight solution doesn’t work •Brisbane – Melbourne rail freight is slowed down by passing through Sydney •Road dominates the market causing congestion and safety issues •Regional producers have limited options Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 2
  4. 4. THE 2010 INLAND RAIL ALIGNMENT STUDY •The 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study considered more than 50,000 alternatives in identifying the optimum Melbourne – Brisbane route •Key requirement to provide a service competitive with road •Extensive consultation with train operators and end customers and modelling of freight demand •Optimum alignment considered against: -Performance requirements -Demand analysis -Standards Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 4
  5. 5. THE INLAND RAIL PROGRAMME •Inland Rail is the Australian Government’s priority rail freight project for the coming decade •A new 1700km freight rail connection from Melbourne to Brisbane via regional NSW and QLD. •It will provide a rail option that is competitive with road on transit time, reliability and cost (<24 hours Melbourne to Brisbane) •This will complete the backbone of Australia’s freight rail network, linking the QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA economies Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 5
  6. 6. TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH US Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 6
  7. 7. FUTURE PROOFING INLAND RAIL PROGRAMME Game-changing 21st Century infrastructure
  8. 8. FUTURE PROOFING – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS •Train length – 1800m with future proofing for 3600m •Axle Load / Max Speed – 21 tonnes @ 115km/h; 25 tonnes @ 80km/h and future proofing for 30 tonnes @ 80km/h •Double stacking - 7.2m clearances for double stack operation in well wagons •Structures future-proofed to 30 TAL •Full interoperability over the interstate mainline standard gauge network •Standard gauge with dual gauge in some QLD and VIC sections Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 8
  9. 9. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – CONTINUED •Formation on all new track suitable for 30 TAL •Sleeper spacing 600mm on new track and re-sleepering on existing •Rail – 60kg/m on new or upgraded track •Concrete sleepers – rated @ 30 tonne axle load •Maximum grade – 1:100 target; 1:200 max at arrival or departure points at loops •Crossing loops – 1800m clearance point to clearance point plus signalling overlap – design 3600 and passing lane potential •Turnouts – Tangential, rated at track speed on the straight and 80km/h entry/exist on the diverging track. Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 9
  10. 10. ADVANCED TRAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ATMS) – ‘INNOVATION IN ACTION’ •ATMS will be the train management system for Inland Rail •It is a smart train management system which will dramatically increase safety, reliability and capacity of national rail freight network. •Employs on-train GPS navigation systems, broadband communications networks & sophisticated computer technology to locate & route trains in real time. •Reduces costs associated with trackside infrastructure maintenance and leverages existing track infrastructure to achieve additional capacity and efficiencies. •The technology has been proven. With Government investment ARTC is now bringing this technology from the ‘lab’ & getting it on track in partnership with technology provider Lockheed Martin. •Implementation Stage 1 for ATMS is being rolled out between Port Augusta and Whyalla. Will also prepare section of track between Tarcoola and Kalgoorlie. •Aim of first Implementation Stage is to safely test and commission the technology for revenue service in an ongoing, operational, ‘live-run’ situation. Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 10
  11. 11. CURRENT WORK 2014 PROGRAMME OVERVIEW Bringing Inland Rail to life
  12. 12. INLAND RAIL 2014 The Minister for Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister has charged ARTC with developing a 10 year delivery plan for Inland Rail. $300M has been committed to fund: •The establishment of the project team •The development of the 10 year programme •The progression of design work and the gaining of the required approvals •The commencement of early works and land acquisition (where required) •Investigate and recommend the most appropriate route for a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane. Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 12 North Star to Brisbane Australian Government Deputy PM Inland Rail Implementation Group (IR-IG) John Anderson ARTC Programme Delivery Team Upgrade Projects Greenfield Projects
  13. 13. REFINING THE ALIGNMENT •The Australian, QLD, NSW and VIC Governments, through the IR-IG, have endorsed the 2010 alignment as the blueprint for the Inland Rail programme. •ARTC is now refining the 2010 alignment to meet planning, environmental and technical requirements. •We are also consulting with stakeholders on the alignment to deliver refinements that give the best outcome for rail users, the community and the environment at a realistic price. •This will deliver a shovel-ready project, with construction to start during 2015. Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 13
  14. 14. PRIORITY PROJECTS Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 14 Three priority projects are being assessed to facilitate commencement of construction. These three projects add value to existing operations while setting the platform for the overall programme. The projects are: 1.Parkes to Narromine upgrade 2.Narrabri to North Star upgrade 3.Rosewood to Kagaru greenfield link. The project team has also identified that Gowrie to Rosewood (including the Toowoomba Range tunnel) is critical to the overall programme. We have started detailed investigations of this element. 1 2 3
  15. 15. MILESTONES The Inland Rail Implementation Group (IR-IG) has set the following timeline for the remainder of 2014: Milestone 1 – July 2014 - completed •Establish the project team and develop the strategy and management plan for the programme. •Preliminary update of costings. Milestone 2 – September 2014 •Begin working through the stakeholder and environmental assessment requirements, develop a recommended approach to approvals and land acquisition. Milestone 3 – December 2014 •Deliver updated cost estimates and 10-year delivery and construction plan •Commence environmental assessments, detailed engineering & geotechnical investigations in consultation with stakeholders. Inland Rail – Heavy Haul Conference 15
  16. 16. QUESTIONS?