Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC) has awarded contracts worth THB11bn ($307m) to Siemens and Changchun Railway Vehicles (CRRC) for the supply of 46 new four-car trains.
Siemens will deliver 22 trains, while 24 will be supplied by CRRC. The locomotives are expected to provide necessary additional capacity to support increasing ridership of the BTSC’s SkyTrain System.
They will feature the latest available technology, while further improvements will be made to efficiency and accessibility.
To be manufactured at the Bozankaya factory in Ankara in Turkey, Siemens trains will also be operated on the Green Line extensions. The company will be responsible for offering service and maintenance to the fleet for 16 years.
In addition, the deal will see Siemens supply bogies, traction, and braking systems, as well as auxiliary systems and the provision of project management, development, construction and commissioning services.
According to BTSC, the first batch of new trains are scheduled to be delivered in early 2018, while the remaining are planned for delivery in 2020.
Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: "With the new trains, we will be seamlessly continuing our success story in Bangkok.
"Specially designed high-capacity locomotives will enable the line to transport over one million passengers a day that have been forecast."
Image: The trains will be manufactured at the Bozankaya factory in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: © Siemens AG.