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 ANZ Appoints Chief Financial Officer to enable next stage of growth

With over 20 years’ experience, Franck joins the business with deep expertise in financial leadership, management, and analysis. He brings transferrable knowledge in defence, cybersecurity, transport, and infrastructure projects with a demonstrated ability to deliver sound business strategy coupled with financial and operational success.

“We are lucky that we found Franck to support our business gear up for the next iteration in our growth and transformation. It was the perfect fit, with Franck bringing the desired corporate skills and big business background that we needed and an even happier coincidence to find he was a French national. Franck will be responsible for implementing new systems to set us up for long-term success and further expansions via acquisitions.”

Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ

Joining SYSTRA ANZ after nearly two decades with Thales, Franck’s expertise and understanding of project management, funds management, corporate finance, operations, and public contract negotiations will help the team grow whilst managing our productivity and delivering the best outcomes to clients.

“I’m excited to join a company that has such lofty ambitions. While we are quite young in Australia, we have had great success locally and bring a global reputation as the signature team for mobility projects.

I look forward to working with Alana, the Leadership Team and the finance group to ensure we hit our key targets and dominate the mass transit and rail market here, like we do abroad.”

Franck Leriche, Chief Financial Officer, SYSTRA ANZ

Originally from Paris, Franck has lived in Australia since 2004. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Strategy, and recently graduated from AICD. Franck is based in our head office in Sydney at Level 15, Chifley Tower Sydney.

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One year strong – reflecting on a year of SYSTRA Bamser

“Joining SYSTRA was a big step for Bamser. The last year has been a real game changer as we expand our offerings and ability to bring global expertise to our local clients” commented Ben Crosby, Executive Director.

Jon Daley, EGM Infrastructure said “The synergy and complementary service offerings have provided a real benefit to both sides, positioning SYSTRA as a serious player both in ANZ and globally. It’s been fantastic working with our tunnelling design colleagues at SYSTRA India, SWS in Italy and Subterra in Spain and our people have enjoyed being part of a global tunnelling capability network.”

SYSTRA Bamser began sharing offices from day 1 in Melbourne, which was a real success for integration. Followed soon after by a merge into our Chifley Tower Sydney Head Office and finished  a few weeks ago coming together in a whole new office space in Ann Street Brisbane. The new Brisbane office is now suitably sized to soon welcome our RSA colleagues who will join the SYSTRA family imminently.

Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ said “It has been a big year for all of us as we have exponentially grown. What has been most rewarding to see is the multi-disciplinary teams working alongside each other and pitching for and delivering work that 1 year earlier, we wouldn’t have been invited to participate in. This extension of our capability and buzz in the office as we win new work makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Tim Brown, Executive Director added “Being physically located together across ANZ has resulted in a number of wins for both staff and clients. The ability to bounce ideas off each other and to bring not only an expanded remit of local experience, but global best practice to the ANZ market has been a real step change. We cant wait to see what year 2 has in store!”

One Year in Pictures

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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 ANZ and the NTC Partner to Boost Rail Interoperability

The MoC has been developed as part of the NTC’s National Rail Action Plan for the industry, operators and governments to consider interoperability when investing in the rail network, directly addressing long-standing legacy issues that continue to impact productivity and safety. 

First signed by Australian Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Hon. Catherine King MP, Victoria’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Jacinta Allan MP and the Australasian Railways Association, the MoC has now been signed by all Australian state and territory governments and many rail operators and industry participants. 

This groundbreaking agreement marks a pivotal moment in the country’s transportation sector, with potential far-reaching implications for the efficiency and sustainability of rail networks. 

The MoC, signed at SYSTRA ANZ’s head office in Sydney, establishes a collaborative framework for the two entities to work together in achieving the shared goal of creating a more seamless and interconnected rail system in Australia. The partnership aims to address critical challenges such as standardisation, data sharing, and regulatory alignment, all of which are essential for the development of a modern, efficient, and sustainable rail network. 

The signing ceremony was attended by Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ and the NTC’s Executive Leader Dimi Rigas. 

For more information on the MoC and the NTC’s National Rail Action Plan, please click here. 

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A new head for SYSTRA in ANZ

An engineer for over 20 years, Alana has worked in the transport, defence, and energy sectors, and has deep expertise in the set up and delivery of major infrastructure projects. Up until now she has been the Director of Advisory in Australia at WSP, where she has been leading work across Australia in transport planning and mobility, business cases, operations and asset management. She has previously worked at KPMG and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Among her career highlights to date, she was involved in the preliminary studies for the Sydney Metro project, design and construction of large sections of the Pacific Highway and has worked alongside TfNSW to develop their 10 year infrastructure plans.

With Bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and the arts (English literature and philosophy) from the University of Sydney, Alana also has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

I would like to welcome Alana, who accepted to join SYSTRA’s journey in Australia, a key country for our activities in East Asia and a dynamic market where we are advancing strategic missions, especially for Sydney Metro. We aim to continue our role as a key player in mobility engineering and write new success stories like in past years. In his role, I would like to thank Mark Scott for all his work at SYSTRA Scott Lister.

Jean-Charles Vollery, SYSTRA Chief Operating Officer

SYSTRA in Australia: a continuous growth since 2016

SYSTRA set up in Australia in 2016 with the acquisition of Scott Lister. The Australian teams then grew from 60 to 150 in just a few years, with the development of a Consulting branch specialising in digital solutions.

Our landmark projects are for systems engineering for the roll-out of ERTMS level 2 on the Cross River Rail line in the state of Queensland, as well as independent certification for the City & Southwest, West, and Northwest lines of Sydney Metro.