SYSTRA Completes acquisition of Rail Systems Australia

The completion of the Rail Systems Australia acquisition occurred today and we are excited to welcome our new colleagues within SYSTRA ANZ.  

Following the conclusion of the Agreement announced in December 2023, 130 RSA employees have officially joined the SYSTRA ANZ business. This helps us bridge the East and West coast of Australia, expand our product offering to be the Systems Integrator of choice, and brings our team size to over 400 experts across our ANZ business.


RSA brings an impressive range of technical expertise in rail signalling, telecommunications, asset management and systems engineering. Their expertise in Future Railway Mobile Communication Systems (FRMCS) allows us to further champion interoperability and the modernisation of the rail network.


The acquisition of RSA comes after we recently marked the one-year anniversary of SYSTRA Bamser. We see this acquisition as a promising step forward in how we service the transportation and broader infrastructure market.


We look forward to the opportunities this acquisition will bring and are committed to providing the highest quality services to our clients. 


For more information about RSA, please head here.


If you want to get in touch on our growth trajectory, reach out to Alana Newbrook, CEO SYSTRA ANZ.


SYSTRA continues its ambitious growth trajectory across ANZ with the acquisition of Rail Systems Australia 

SYSTRA has signed an agreement to acquire Rail Systems Australia, an Australian company specialising in engineering, signalling and telecommunications in the rail sector. 

Rail Systems Australia was founded in 2017 in Perth and employs 130 people across offices in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. It specialises in rail signalling, rail telecommunications, asset management and systems engineering. 

This acquisition will enable SYSTRA to complete its range of services, not only for SYSTRA Australia and New Zealand (SYSTRA ANZ), but also for the Group as a whole. 

Australia is one of the most dynamic economies in the world, with a strong growth rate in transport infrastructure construction. In expanding skills and numbers in the systems integration space, at a time where the need for efficient, reliable, and adaptable infrastructure projects has never been greater, SYSTRA has reinforced its position as a key player in the sector, able to meet the needs of the region’s fast-growing rail market.   

SYSTRA is currently contributing to several major projects in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Metro, the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP), NorthConnex, Newcastle Light Rail and Cross River Rail.   

As the infrastructure market continues to evolve, moving away from mega projects and placing increased focus on asset management, operations and maintenance, digital system upgrades and integration to futureproof our networks, SYSTRA ANZ is now poised to bring an expanded local team, backed by global best practice to deliver better, more sustainable and integrated public transport networks to the region. 

This is the second acquisition for this year, with SYSTRA ANZ acquiring Bamser, an Australian-based infrastructure consultancy renowned for its excellence in underground engineering in March. 

“The year 2023 got off to a good start with the acquisition of Bamser, which specialises in tunnel and underground infrastructure engineering, and is ending on a high note with the agreement signed with Rail Systems Australia. The integration of Rail Systems Australia into SYSTRA makes complete sense: we work in the same buoyant sector of railway engineering, and our skills naturally complement each other to offer a comprehensive service to our clients to meet their current and future challenges. More than ever, we are committed to strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and partners, with whom we are moving forward with confidence. We look forward to welcoming new talent to Rail Systems Australia to continue the adventure together!” 

Alana Newbrook, Managing Director, SYSTRA Australia & New Zealand,

“We are delighted to announce this agreement with the SYSTRA Group, which has been our benchmark in the transport and mobility sector. This is a major step in our development and our combined expertise will serve the country’s ambitions in terms of transport: to promote safe and sustainable mobility for all.” 

Tom Warner, Managing Director of Rail Systems Australia

About Rail Systems Australia 

Rail Systems Australia is an independent rail engineering practice focussed on the integration of telecommunications, signalling and train control systems to deliver safer, more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable rail operations.  Rail Systems Australia works with rail operators across Australia and New Zealand in planning for the future and developing solutions to help navigate technological change. Rail Systems Australia’s talented engineers all share the company’s vision to make rail the preferred method of transportation. 

About SYSTRA 

SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consultancy groups specialising in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and territories to contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures. With its 10,600 employees, the Group’s mission is to make travel more fluid throughout the world in order to bring populations closer together and facilitate access to employment, education and leisure. The signature team for transport solutions, SYSTRA supports its partners and clients throughout the lifecycle of their projects.  

After completing its first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, SYSTRA opened its first permanent office in New Zealand in 2022 and continues to grow in both geography and headcount. 

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SYSTRA ANZ press contact:

Victoria BLACK

Tel: +61 423844921

Email: vblack1@systra.com  

SYSTRA strengthens its expertise in tunnels with the acquisition of Bamser

SYSTRA ANZ is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bamser, an Australian based infrastructure advisory firm providing multi-disciplinary services to the transport, utilities, mining and energy sectors.

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Left to right: Alana Newbrook, SYSTRA ANZ; Ben Crosby, SYSTRA Bamser; Tim Brown, SYSTRA Bamser; Jean-Charles Vollery, SYSTRA Groupe

With offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Bamser have delivered city shaping projects extensively across Australia and into Asia.

‘We’ve been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas and look forward to adding our expertise to one of world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, specialised in public transport and mobility solutions.’ – Tim Brown, Director, Bamser.

‘By combining our strengths, SYSTRA in design and Bamser in delivery, our current and future clients gain a broader service offering across more of the project lifecycle, from the advisors that they know and trust.’ – Ben Crosby, Director, Bamser.

Renowned for their excellence in underground engineering, the transaction boosts SYSTRA’s position as a leading global player in complex tunnelling, coming after the 2021 acquisition of SWS, a leading tunnelling design firm based in Italy.

‘As we look to continue the growth of our cities and move to a net zero future, tunnelling provides a solution to enable mass transit along with providing opportunities for energy storage and creation through dams, pumped hydro and trenchless projects. We are excited to further bolster our global offering in complex engineering solutions and add to our global expertise in bridges and tunnels with the acquisition of Bamser.

With a large pipeline of major infrastructure projects to be delivered, and significant skills shortage in the tunnelling space, our clients and partners will benefit from our expanded service offering, deepening our global leadership in underground engineering and bringing it to the ANZ market at a time when most needed’ – Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ

About SYSTRA

SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has worked alongside cities and regions, contributing to positive development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures.

The ANZ team is an integral part of part of the global network, backed by nearly 9,000 experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale. With our first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, in 2022, we opened our first permanent office in New Zealand, and are going from strength to strength, expanding in both geography and head count. When a project is complex, high risk and requires deep technical skills and pedigree, SYSTRA ANZ is the signature team.

For more information, visit systra.com/australia.

About Bamser

Established in 2008 with offices in QLD, NSW and VIC, Bamser provides frontline advisory services on complex tunnelling, trenchless and infrastructure projects across Australia and internationally.

An integrated team of project development, procurement, and delivery advisors with the best technical skills and local experience available, they have been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia, including Sydney Metro; WestConnex; Western Harbour Tunnel, Suburban Rail Link, AirportLink, Legacy Way and Cross River Rail.

For more information, visit Bamser.com.au.

For media enquiries:
Victoria Black
Director, Clients, Markets and Engagement
SYSTRA ANZ
Tel: 0423844921
E: vblack1@systra.com