The National Rail Action Plan identified a lack of interoperability between Australia's passenger and freight train networks that are interconnected by 29,000km of rail across mainland Australia.
Different rail gauges, rule books, signalling systems, rolling stock and safe working arrangements can make travelling across networks more costly and inefficient.
Current investments in modern signalling and train control systems have the potential to significantly enhance the safety, capacity and operational efficiency of rail networks, particularly if new and upgraded systems can ‘talk to each other’.
The NTC’s National Rail Interoperability Framework aims to better connect a fragmented national rail network into a network that works as one system. Improved interoperability will support national productivity, safety and environmental gains by supporting rail to play a larger role in seamlessly moving more people and goods across Australia.
Learn more about the national rail interoperability framework