Rio Tinto keeps brakes on driverless trains

A spokesperson from Rio Tinto confirmed today that the $371 million Automated Train project is still on hold.

in brief A spokesperson from Rio Tinto confirmed today that the $371 million Automated Train project is still on hold.

"The suspension remains in place, and we have not revisited the issue yet," a Rio Tinto spokesperson told ZDNet.com.au.

The automated system which extends over 1300km of railway was halted a year ago, with the company giving the worldwide economic gloom as an explanation.

"We placed the Automated Train Operations (ATO) project on hold a year ago, as part of our response to the global financial crisis and the need to conserve capital and operational expenditure," said the spokesperson.