More Trains More Services Stage 2

Heavy Rail

Client: Transport for New South Wales
Location: Sydney
Project Value:

Project Description

The More Trains, More Services (MTMS) program will simplify and modernise the rail network creating high capacity, turn up and go services for many customers. It means customers can expect more frequent train services, with less wait times, less crowding on a simpler and more reliable network.

More than $5.3 billion is being invested in the program, which has already delivered 41 new Waratah Series 2 trains and more than 1700 additional weekly services since 2017.

Key benefits

  • More services for the T8 Airport Line, including an 80 per cent increase at Airport stations
  • A 30 per cent increase in peak services on the T4 Illawarra Line, with extra services from Cronulla, Waterfall and Hurstville
  • More services on the T2 Inner West Line, with an extra four services in the peak
  • More services on the South Coast Line, meaning a service every 15 minutes in the peak and every 30 minutes in the off peak between Wollongong and the Sydney CBD
  • New trains are also being delivered as part of the program including 98 additional Mariyung fleet carriages.

The scope of MTMS Stage 2 is provided below in terms of infrastructure, services and fleet required to deliver the additional capacity for the new timetable:

  • The rail delivery works include changes to track, signals, power, stations, stabling and maintenance facilities to support the extra train services. These works consist of 30 plus smaller scale projects (between $10-60M contract values) and one large stabling project at Waterfall Yard.
  • The Mariyung and Sydney Growth Trains fleet additions are being delivered through existing supplier contracts managed by established Rolling Stock teams.
  • The Timetable Production team will produce the standard working timetable and coordinate operations integration with Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.
  • The delivery challenge lies in coordinating a large number of projects simultaneously, in particular managing critical resources. Also, the works within Sydney Yard have multiple interfaces with Sydney Trains upgrade works and Sydney Metro’s Central Station works.

Scope of Work

MCE was appointed as Program Manager by Greater Sydney Division to manage include project/program liaison, program communication, cost and schedule management, assurance, reporting and risk management activities, and acting as the point of contact for key project stakeholders.

MCE implemented effective communication processes linking multiple projects and stakeholders to efficiently manage interfaces and interdependencies, including the management of the MTMS Stage 2 Stream Leads Meeting and Program Integration Working Group.  MCE also supported the development and delivery of program and project change in compliance with organisational processes and governance procedures including the management of tactical change and risks within the program and project life cycle. Program change responsibilities included management of Project Change Requests and the associated Scope Baseline and Services Outcome Registers, which in turn are linked to the program benefits and their realisation.  The Program Manager also monitored the completion of and progress towards identified program and project delivery milestones, including the early identification of potential obstacles to success and possible solutions to avert or mitigate such risks and issues.