Bombardier to deliver driverless monorail system to Thailand


Bombardier Transportation has secured two contracts to deliver its driverless Innovia Monorail 300 system for two elevated, mass rapid transit lines in Bangkok, Thailand.

The deals have been awarded by the Northern Bangkok Monorail (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail (EBM) respectively, which will be responsible for the construction and 30-year concession of the new lines.

Bombardier have agreed to provide mechanical and electrical components for the two monorail lines, as well as deliver a total of 72 four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains.

NBM will receive 42 trainsets for operation on the new 34.5km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line, while EBM will receive the remaining 30 trainsets for deployment along the 30.4km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line.

Each of the trains will be equipped with Bombardier's CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology to facilitate driverless operation.

Additionally, the company will provide project management, systems engineering and commissioning services for the new trains and their related systems.

Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions in South East Asia president Richard Hunter said: “Bombardier is helping cities across the world address their congestion issues, and these iconic monorails will be an important addition to Bangkok’s growing rail network, providing comfortable, quick travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers daily.

"Our driverless INNOVIA Monorail 300 system offers energy efficiency, sleek design, spacious interiors and inter-car walkthrough for superb comfort and enhanced safety."

“Our driverless INNOVIA Monorail 300 system offers energy efficiency, sleek design, spacious interiors and inter-car walkthrough for superb comfort and enhanced safety, as well as rubber tires for minimised noise and a smooth ride.

“Also able to handle sharp curves and complex environments, it is well suited to the high-capacity requirements of the Thai capital.”

The monorails will support the city's existing transportation network by operating at a speed of up to 80 km/h and carrying nearly 28,000 people per hour in each direction.

The INNOVIA trainsets will be built in China by Bombardier's joint venture company Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS).


Image: The Driverless Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 system. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.