Alstom in Australia

Message from the Managing Director  

Welcome to Alstom’s internet portal for Australia and New Zealand. The site is designed to help you find out more information about Alstom’s activities in the region, and act as a gateway back to our central website if you are interested in our product offering. 

As one of the world’s leading rail transport suppliers, Alstom offers a complete range of innovative products and services in over 60 countries. We are well known for the record breaking TGV high speed train, the tilting Pendolino trains, our modern Citadis trams, hi-tech Metropolis metro trains and world leading signalling technologies. 

In Australia, Alstom has been a long term partner and continues to support the national Transport Sector. Our X’Trapolis trains dominate the Melbourne suburban network alongside our Citadis Trams that also operate in both Melbourne and Adelaide. In Sydney, we will soon be supplying our latest Metropolis rolling stock and CBTC signalling system for the new Sydney Metro and the latest evolution of our Citadis tram, the X05, will bring a new dimension Sydney’s public transport network.

So, whether you are looking for contact details, information about our projects, or looking for career opportunities you should be able to find it here. I hope you find what you are looking for. 

Mark Coxon
Managing Director
Alstom Transport Australia

About us

Your sustainable infrastructure solutions provider

Alstom has been providing sustainable infrastructure solutions in Australia and New Zealand for more than 100 years and currently employs approximately 200 people across 7 sites that include workshops, offices and manufacturing facilities.

Our proud history includes the manufacturing of diesel/electric Locos in Brisbane, Queensland in the 1940’s and 1950’s to when the Business made a significant step acquiring the Ballarat workshop from the Victorian Government in 1999, as a local industrial base for rolling stock build, renovation and components overhaul.

Since 1999, Alstom has been receiving recurrent orders for its X’Trapolis suburban trains from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) (Melbourne).  To date, Alstom has supplied more than 500 rails cars that have proven to be the most reliable trains operating on the Melbourne suburban network.

In September 2014, Alstom was awarded a contract to supply 22 x 6 car Metropolis trains and CBTC signaling for the Sydney Metro - North West, highlighted as a priority by the New South Wales Government. This project consists of the construction of a new 23km line in the North West of Sydney, as well as the construction of 9 new railway stations. This will be Australia’s first fully automated rail line.

In February 2015, Alstom, as part of the ALTRAC consortium was awarded the contract for the Sydney CBD and south East Light Rail project. Alstom will be responsible for the integrated light rail system which includes the design, delivery and commissioning of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams, power supply equipment including APS -ground power supply- over two kilometres, signalling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and 19 years maintenance.

In July 2015, Alstom was awarded Manufacturer of the year in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards by the Victorian State Government for its contribution to the Victorian Manufacturing Industry.

Key people:

  • Mark Coxon (Managing Director) 
  • Bernard Joyce (Commercial Director)
  • Paul McIvor (Chief Financial Officer) 
  • Kirsten Stewart  (Country Counsel) 
  • Kodi Waterson (Country HR Director)
  • Sheldon Young (Country Communications Director) 

Our References


Alstom is a leading supplier of Suburban and Metro trains in Australia, having supplied more than 500 rail cars for Melbourne’s suburban network and will soon supply Australia’s first fully automated rolling stock for Sydney Metro – Northwest project. 

  • 87 x 6 car X’Trapolis Trains (Melbourne)
  • 22 x 6 car Metropolis Trains (Sydney)


Alstom has supplied 47 low floor CITADIS Trams that operate in Melbourne (the world’s largest Tramway network) and Adelaide since 2001, and has recently (December 2014) been awarded the contract to supply 60 Citadis LRV’s for the Sydney CBD and South East light rail project that is due to be operational in 2019. 

Tramway Supply

  • 42 Citadis Trams -Melbourne
  • 5 Citadis Trams - Adelaide
  • 60 Citadis Trams - Sydney 


Alstom continues to strengthen its operations in signalling. Following the successful installation of European Train Control Systems (ETCS) equipment into two prototype trains in Sydney in 2011, TfNSW has awarded Alstom variation orders to develop a similar solution for additional parts of its fleet. This system will increase the frequency of trains as well as the safety of the network and positions Alstom well for future ETCS opportunities across the country.

In Melbourne, Alstom has recently completed a major interlocking upgrade project for the Regional Rail Link that was awarded Infrastructure project of the year.


As part of the Sydney light rail project, Alstom is responsible for the maintenance of the rolling stock and infrastructure of the network. Alstom will maintain the existing fleet of CAF trams and the new fleet of Citadis X05 trams for 19 years from July 2015.

Our References

Our current activity today focuses on rolling stock in Victoria for both Metro and Trams and Signalling systems in New South Wales.

Key References:

Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project

  • 30 coupled low floor X05 Citadis light rail vehicles
  • 2 kilometre  APS wire free technology

Sydney Metro/North West

  • 22 six-car fully automated Metropolis train sets and
  • CBTC signalling system.

Melbourne Suburban Rolling Stock

  • 87 X’Trapolis suburban trains
  • 522 cars delivered between 1999 & 2017
  • Manufactured in Ballarat, Victoria

Citadis trams in Melbourne and Adelaide

  • 47 Citadis trams in operation since 2001 including 5 Citadis Bumblebees since 2008 in Melbourne
  • 6 Citadis in Adelaide 2009
  • Ongoing maintenance support.

European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling system for Sydney’s CityRail network 

  • The first 50 equipped trains  began service in 2013

Signalling system for Melbourne’s regional network 

  • Digital Train Radio - on 74 suburban X’Trapolis trains since 2002
  • Delivery of a new Smartlock electronic interlocking system and accompanying train control system for Melbourne’s rail network – part of the Victorian Government’s $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link project

Train Subsystems & Maintenance – all states of Australia & New Zealand 

  • Ongoing supply and/or maintenance/renovation of traction package and train management systems for EMUs.
  • 15-year supply and maintenance of traction, auxiliary power and train management equipment for Sydney’s 4GT Millenium trains.
  • Contract to supply 175 new bogie frames for Melbourne’s Comeng trains by the Public Transport Victoria (2014).
  • Modification of Metro Trains Melbourne’s 29 Hillside X’Trapolis trains to allow interoperability with the latest generation X’Trapolis trains. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Charity Partnership CCIA

In 2013 Alstom united with the charity Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia to form a corporate partnership. Throughout the year our employees participate in various fundraising events as corporate teams. To date we have raised close to $40,000 for CCIA.

Alstom Supports the Tassie Devil Appeal 2009 – 2011

One of Australia's iconic animals, the Tasmanian Devil, has been adopted by Alstom in partnership with Taronga Zoo. The Tasmanian Devil was declared as endangered in May 2008 due to an infectious cancer, which is killing many devils.

Alstom is a NSW Sustainability Advantage Member 2010 – 2011

The Sustainability Advantage Program together with its members, assist organisations to understand sustainability and strengthen their environmental performance. Alstom has improved productivity and increased raw material, energy, water and waste savings.

Alstom is a Zoo Parent for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia 2007 – 2015


Alstom’s quality, safety and environmental management systems have been independently certified to ISO standards. 

  • AS/NZS ISO 19001:2000 Quality Management System
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • AS/NZS ISO 4801 Safety Management System
  • OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System


  • Australian Industry Group (AiG): AiG is a leading industry association in Australia, representing the interests of approximately 60,000 businesses

  • Carbon Market Institute: Assists Australian businesses in meeting challenges and opportunities associated with national and international carbon markets.

  • Infrastructure Partnerships Australia:  Alstom is an associate member of Australia’s flagship infrastructure association. 


1890: Babcock and Wilcox begin operations.
1894: BTH begin operations.
1928: BTH becomes part of AEI.
1967: Consolidation of EECo and AEI: GEC is born.
1979: Babcock & Wilcox became Babcock Australia.
1988: GEC merges with Alsthom and form GEC Alsthom.
1988: BBC Power and ASEA Power fuse into ABB Power Generation.
1991: Flakt Australia becomes ABB Flakt Australia.
1991: New power workshop opened in Maitland.
1992: ABB Power Plant was created after the merger of ABB Power Generation, ABB Flakt Australia and Babcock Australia.
1994: GEC Alsthom changed its name into Alstom Energy and ABB Power Plants became ABB Power Generation.
1999: ABB Power Generation and Alstom Energy merged into ABB Alstom Power.
2000: ABB Alstom Power becomes ALSTOM.
2003: Sigma Energy Solutions acquired by Alstom.
2004: Alstom sells its Transmission and Distribution business to Areva.
2006: Maintenance Systems Consolidated becomes part of Alstom.
2007: Alstom sets a new world rail speed record of 574.8 km/h.
2008: Alstom unveils the AGV – the next generation of very high speed trains. Its first customer is the private Italian operator NTV.
2010: Alstom and Schnieder Electric acquire Areva T&D, the Transmission and Distribution unit sold by Alstom to Areva in 2004.
2010: Alstom re-acquires the Transmission business and creates a third sector: Alstom Grid.
2010: New power workshop opened in Morwell.
2010: Sigma Energy Solutions & Maintenance Systems Consolidated are rebranded as Alstom companies.
2011: Alstom reshapes its operational activities into four sectors: Thermal Power, Renewable Power, Grid and Transport.
2011: New power workshop built in Cambridge, Tasmania to replace existing Moonah workshop.
2014: Alstom’s Shareholders Meeting authorises the sale of the Alstom Energy businesses to General Electric
2015: Alstom finalised the sales of its energy activities and is entirely focused on Transport