Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM) and CH Karnchang Public Company have awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens and ST Electronics (Thailand) to deliver metro trains and associated equipment for extending Bangkok’s Blue Line Metro.

Under the contract, Siemens will supply 35 three-car metro trains, signalling systems, and the traction power supply, as well as all necessary equipment for the depot and workshop.

In addition, the company will carry out maintenance services of the transit system for ten years.

Commissioning of the Blue Line Metro is set to take place in 2019-20.

Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: “We have decisively helped develop and shape Bangkok’s urban transport system over recent decades.

“This is the fifth major order we’ve received for expanding the city’s urban transport system.”

“This is the fifth major order we’ve received for expanding the city’s urban transport system.”

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To be manufactured at Siemen’s facility in Vienna, Austria, the new trains will be an upgraded version of the existing Bangkok metro vehicles.

The trains will be capable of operating at a maximum speed of 80km/h and carry more than 800 passengers.

Delivered under a turnkey contract by Siemens in 2004, the initial Blue Line is a 20km metro line comprising 18 stations. It is planned to be extended by an additional 28km with 19 new stops.

A major part of the extension line from Hua Lamphong to Lak Song in the south and from Bang Sue in the north to Tha Pra will have elevated lines.

Upon completion, the number of passengers is expected to increase from 320,000 passengers a day to 500,000.