Read the details of some of the projects that Omada Rail Systems are currently working on, or have previously delivered. We function across multiple states within Australia, with teams based in both Brisbane and Melbourne.
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Level Crossing Removal Project
2016 – Present
This project is one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in Victorian history, consisting of 75 level crossing removal projects, along with new stations and track duplications. The main purpose of the project is to improve safety on Victorian roads by removing the danger of level crossings, while also reducing congestion caused by boom gates.
Omada has been heavily involved in the successful delivery of each project’s commissioning. We have teams based in both Brisbane and Melbourne which are dedicated to supporting MTM in its goal to deliver each project on time. Providing our team with the opportunity to work as a major part of the delivery team, consistently completing quality projects that are forecast to continue until 2025.
Rail Academy Signalling Upgrades
2020 – Present
The Rail Academy, located at Newport in Melbourne, is currently the largest facility in Australia and includes more than 500 meters of off-network tracks, track vehicle operator and certification, tram and train overheads, signalling rooms, workshop space and ten classrooms. Providing engineers with the training and experience required to work on real world projects.
While the condition of the facilities and the training provided are high quality, the facility needs further upgrades to simulate a live network and real-life signalling scenarios. Upgrading the signalling systems in place substantially enhance the Rail Academy’s ability to train the next generation of rail signalling engineers, at Victoria’s only specialist rail training facility.
Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project
2020 – Present
The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in Melbourne’s south-east, with high capacity trains and five new underground stations. The Metro Tunnel will create increased capacity on the network to enable more than a half a million additional passengers per week to use the rail system during the peak periods.
Omada Rail Systems are providing signalling design support as a part of the delivery team for this project. On track for completion in 2025, this is a very exciting project to be involved in, and provides Omada’s engineers with the opportunity to showcase their skills in delivering quality design packages.
The project scope includes:
- Twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south-east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line.
- Five new underground stations
- High Capacity Signalling to maximise the efficiency of the new fleet of High Capacity Metro Trains.
TPWS Expansion Project
2020 – present
The Omada team is currently working alongside MTM to deliver the signalling design for separable portion 2 of the TPWS project. This includes eight design packages for 18 signals across Kensington, Essendon and Newmarket, with the added complexity of interfacing two SSI’s. Omada has brought in additional resources for this project in order to meet the challenging timeline and produce the same high-quality design work our clients expect.
The MTM TPWS expansion project is a safety initiative to fit TPWS to approximately 73 priority signals across the network. This work will provide SPAD mitigation for TPWS fitted rolling stock operated by V/line, that operate on the MTM network. This will also complement the mechanical train stop system currently used by EMU rolling stock operated by MTM. This project is being delivered in six separable portions accounting for discreet geographic areas around the MTM network.
McAlister Street Level Crossing Upgrade
As part of these upgrades, McAlister Street Level Crossing located at Stratford is planned to be upgraded with boom barrier & new flashing light protection. A new active pedestrian crossing will be installed which utilizes automatic mechanical and electromagnetic emergency exit/escape gates.
The crossing upgrade will be completed in two stages:
- Stage 1 – Upgrade of crossing with boom gate and active pedestrian crossing protection retaining existing line speeds. (This will be carried out prior to the completion of the new Avon River Bridge; the works can be conducted outside of an Absolute occupation). –
- Stage 2 – Upgrade of crossing approaches to reflect the increased line speed over the new bridge. (This can only be completed after the new Avon River Bridge has been constructed).
2019 – 2020
The objective of this project is to upgrade 12 level crossings on the Warrnambool Line as Part of Regional Rail Revival Works. In these 12 Level crossings, 6 are currently flashing light protected and 6 are passive crossing which will be upgraded to active boom barrier protected crossings utilising ElectroLogIXS and axle counters.
As part of these upgrades, Waltons Road Level Crossing located at Buckley is being upgraded from passive stop signs to boom barriers and flashing lights protection.
The overall delivery of this project involves the following;
- Completion of detailed design report
- High level signalling design updates (Signalling Arrangement Plan, Track Bonding Plan & Power calculations)
North Coast Line Capacity Improvement Project
2018 – 2019
The North Coast Line (NCL) is the primary corridor for intermodal rail freight between Brisbane and Cairns.
The key objectives of improving the line are to support the State Government’s goal of improving the competitiveness of rail freight on the NCL. Stimulating additional economic and job growth in the local community through construction of infrastructure that supports an improvement in rail freight capacity, whilst maintaining safety. This facilitates a reduction in above rail operating costs and allows for future growth.
As a part of this projects, Omada have been contracted to manage and coordinate with both QR internally and external contractors to deliver a safe and quality signalling design.
Edmonton to Gordonvale Realignment
2019 – Present
This project entails the realignment of 2 sections of the North Coast line to allow for the upgrade of the Bruce Hwy to 4 lanes. As a result, 2 new level crossings (with pedestrian crossings) at Deppeler Rd and Maher Rd shall be installed on the new alignment. Deppeler Rd also required Traffic Light Co-ordination.
As a part of this project, Omada was involved in the development of scope of works, designed the AS Plans which involved performing braking calculations and level crossing warning time calculations to determine positioning of equipment. This was completed with effective stakeholder engagement to ensure successful delivery.
Mayne PBI – Upgrade
2019 – 2020
Mayne is currently controlled by a mixture of relay and processor based interlockings. The vast majority of the signalling is controlled by relay interlockings, one controlling Mayne Yard North and another controlling the up and down main lines towards Wooloowin. Mayne interlocking also includes the control and indication for the satellite interlocking at Newmarket.
Modifications to live relay interlockings, as required for the introduction of Cross River Rail, are historically problematic and pose significant risk to both the operations of Queensland Rail and the delivery of Cross River Rail. In order to mitigate this, an early works package was initiated on Mayne relay interlocking to better accommodate future Cross River Rail stage works. With future projects impacting upon the area covered by Mayne Interlocking, it was proposed to replace the existing relay technology with the new PBI.
Omada is working, as contracted by Hitachi, to assist in the delivery of the signalling design, construction, testing & commissioning of the project.
Roma St to Corinda - Upgrade
2016 – 2017
The project included the replacement of 8.5 kilometres of optical fibre cabling from Milton to Graceville, 22 new signalling portals with bi-directional capability, as well as 59 new and upgraded signalling trackside control huts and associated equipment.
The installation of bi-directional signals has allowed trains to run in either direction on the line, providing greater capacity into the future, and improved ability to recover if there is a disruption on the line. Two new track crossovers were also commissioned near Milton station, which provides greater operational flexibility, especially during special events.
The installation of new LED signals has enhanced safety, Queensland Rail and Omada’s top priority.
As a part of this project, Omada assisted Alstom in the designing the modifications of SSI and Smartlock data in line with the new requirements.
New South Wales
2019 – 2020
Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) is procuring a New Intercity Fleet (NIF) to service the Central Coast and Newcastle, Blue Mountains and South Coast areas. The procurement will be for a fleet of 55.5 x two unit trains with the intention to increase the fleet to 100 trains to cater for future growth approaching 2036.
Currently intercity trains are maintained at Flemington Maintenance Centre and stabled at locations including Flemington, Eveleigh, Mount Victoria, Lithgow, Gosford, Broadmeadow, Newcastle, Port Kembla and Wollongong.
The New Intercity Fleet requires a 24/7 maintenance facility for the receiving, testing, commissioning and maintaining of the trains at Kangy Angy near Ourimbah between Gosford and Wyong.
John Holland Pvt Ltd is the main contractor for the project, responsible for building the overall fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy. John Holland has engaged Ansaldo STS (A Hitachi Group Company) to design and implement a portion of the signalling system for the facility.
Omada Rail Systems has been contracted by Hitachi to assist in the delivery of the design and implementation of the signalling system.
Birkenhead to Osborne
The Adelaide to Tarcoola Re-Railing Program involves the upgrade of approximately 600 kilometres of track on the Adelaide (Islington and Outer Harbor) to Tarcoola line. The upgrade will improve capacity by increasing rail size along the interstate line, moving rail size from predominantly 47 kg per metre section to 60 kg per metre. The project will also include periphery works to allow for the higher axle loads (25 tonnes at 80km/h) and other associated upgrades. The upgrade will build upon the existing 100-kilometre track enhancements that have already been completed along the project line.
Omada are providing ARTC with signalling support for this project, requiring the booking out of the track circuits and affected level crossings during all works.
Omada are working as a part of the team performing a number of cable replacement projects across South Australia. The projects require the replacement of all VIR or Neoprene cables with new PVC cables, whilst ensuring that ARTC cable capacity standards are met.
This project provides an opportunity for our graduate engineers to gain valuable experience, while under supervision, in working under time pressure and to project requirements.
Woodville Points Conversion
2019 – 2020
Mawson Lakes Bridge Renewal
The project requires the relocation of the main GST cable that is fixed to Mawson Lakes Drain Bridge due to the bridge’s existing infrastructure being demolished and replaced.
Omada were engaged to assist in the removal and reinstating of all the signalling infrastructure that uses the bridge for reticulation.