Brookfield Rail upgrades South West radio communications network
Brookfield Rail, the manager and operator of Western Australia’s 5,500 kilometre freight rail network, is undertaking major upgrade works on its radio communications network, improving safety, efficiency and operability of communications along the railway line from Perth to Bunbury.
The $2.5 million project involves installation of nine radio communication towers, which will service the 190 kilometre rail line from Bunbury to Perth; a line that transports approximately 23 million tonnes of alumina, bauxite, coal, caustic and lime from the region into Kwinana Port each year. The upgrade will also service the rail lines from Brunswick to Hamilton and Collie.
General Manager Asset Management & Projects Paul Lowney said the project, which is due to be completed in June this year, would improve Brookfield Rail’s communications coverage and performance in the region.
“The South West is one of the busiest sections of the freight rail network, and this upgrade will reduce the chance of radio black spots, improving communications and future proofing this vital connection from the region into Perth,” Mr Lowney said.
“The project is just one example of Brookfield Rail’s long-term commitment to improving the safety, efficiency and reliability of the State’s freight rail network.”
In addition to installing a number of new towers, Brookfield Rail will be rationalising and replacing aged infrastructure around the network.
Along the rail line between Brunswick and Collie teams will be replacing copper cable with a new microwave radio system, ensuring infrastructure is up to date with the latest communications technology.
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