20 January 2009, 11:00 am

Rio Tinto announces postponement of Automated Train Operations (ATO) programme

  • However Ansaldo STS confirms it has met its stated 2008 targetfor new orders
  • Decision due to the slowdown in the raw materials market

Easing market growth as a result of the current economic slowdown has reduced the urgency for Rio Tinto to complete the planned automation of much of its 1,300km iron ore railway network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ansaldo STS and Rio Tinto have made substantial progress on the 2012 implementation of the ATO project, which has successfully completed its trials.