Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has begun a partnership with Bombardier that could potentially be worth around £670 million ($880 million), should the country add to its 396-train deal with a long-term service arrangement. Eventually operating on the high-capacity North-South (NSL) and East-West (EWL) lines, the deal for Bombardier’s Movia rolling stock is worth in the region of £460 million ($607 million).
The six-car trains will replace the 66 first-generation, 30-year-old trains currently making up LTA's fleet, and the deal comes in a year that Singapore has already awarded Bombardier with the contract to supply 19 Innovia APM 300 trains. In the 20 years since the Canadian company and Singapore have worked together, the train manufacturer has supplied more than 300 trains to the financial hub.
Designed in Germany and constructed in China, the trains will arrive in Singapore in batches from 2021 when they will undergo a “rigorous testing and commissioning process” before entering service. In line with other new metro-style trains in use around the world, Bombardier’s latest Movia trains will be designed to better accommodate people with prams, wheelchair users thanks to a reduction in the overall number of seats.
The train’s manufacturer says it’s good news for operators too, with rolling stock that is custom-designed to give a more robust, efficient and effective predictive maintenance service, helping them isolate and rectify potential problems before they lead to more serious faults. Four of the new trains will be fitted with an Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) System, which allows concurrent monitoring of the running rails, track equipment and sleepers during operations.
The optional service aspect of the deal offers support to the new fleet of trains for their entire 30-year expected design life, providing technical, logistics and product support for repairs and system upgrades or replacements.
Chua Chong Kheng, an LTA deputy chief executive, said the deal would revitalise the country’s oldest rail lines and improve rail reliability. “A successful and durable rail system relies much on an efficient and assured long-term logistics and technical support network, which we are confident Bombardier will be able to provide based on their track record and close working relationship with LTA and our rail operators,” said Chua.
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