ATMS: Advanced Train Management System: Increased Safety, Reliability & Efficiency

To meet the increasing demands on Australia’s transportation networks, there is a need to improve capacity on existing rail networks.

ARTC seeks to optimise capacity on its 5 state, 10,000 kilometre network by using technologies to maximum advantage.

In this regard, ATMS has been selected as the cornerstone technology.

Many of the conventional signalling systems and switching systems in Australia have reached the end of their service life.

To replace these systems would cost several times the cost of ATMS, and without the operational benefits

ATMS will improve safety through authority and speed limit enforcement and additional protection for trackside workers.

ATMS will provide increased rail network capacity in a cost efficient and safe manner.


ATMS is an important part of the solution to provide the rail innovation Australia needs – improving the safety of operations as well as delivering reliability and network resilience.

ATMS makes the rail network much safer because a safety critical system tracks all trains locations, and can intervene by applying a train’s brakes to prevent passing the end of where it is permitted to travel or speeding.

 ATMS improves the efficiency of the rail network as ATMS equipped trains can travel closer together and do not have to be restricted to long section separation between signals, meaning train crosses and passes will be more efficient.

 ATMS also improves capacity of the network as precisely and safely directing rail traffic means much more of Australia’s freight can be moved across Australia on existing tracks.