Alstom has signed a contract to supply the signalling system for the Singapore Circle Line’s (CCL) final phase, Stage 6.

The agreement has been signed with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and involves the supply of Alstom’s Urbalis driverless signalling system, as well as the modernisation of the Automatic Train Supervision system (ATS).

Urbalis is a Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling solution for metro and suburban rail networks, which is designed to provide the operator increased control of a train’s movements.

"By closing the loop of the line with a service-proven signalling system, commuters will have an easier and faster travel experience from the western to the eastern part of Singapore."

Alstom will also deliver new trains and locomotives for the existing line. It will also enhance the capacity of the existing Kim Chuan Depot with new stablings.

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The 4km-long Singapore CCL Stage 6 will comprise three new stations in order to complement the existing 35.5km-long rail line, which features a total of 30 stations.

The project is scheduled to be finalised around 2025 and will complete the CCL network loop by connecting HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station, which is expected to offer increased connectivity between areas in the West and key employment areas in the Central Business District (CBD).

Alstom China & East Asia managing director Ling Fang said: “By closing the loop of the line with a service-proven signalling system, commuters will have an easier and faster travel experience from the western to the eastern part of Singapore.”

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Alstom has supplied signalling systems for three metro lines in Singapore to date, namely the 20km-long North East Line, the entire 39.5km-long Circle Line and the 43km Thomson East Coast Line, which is scheduled to gradually commence operations on a phased basis starting from 2019.

Alstom has also announced that its high-speed Avelia Pendolino train is slated to begin operating between Germany and Italy via Switzerland from next month, as part of a separate development.

The company previously completed the delivery of 19 Pendolino ETR 610 high-speed tilting trains to SBB at the beginning of this year.