Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded contracts to purchase 18 North East Line (NEL) trains and 16 Circle Line (CCL) trains to enhance train network capacity in the country.

LTA has entered into contracts for the purchase of additional NEL and CCL trains with Alstom Transport S.A and the Alstom Transport (S) consortium at a value of SGD234.9m ($188m) and SGD134m ($107.5m) respectively.

The additional 18 NEL trains, instead of 12 as previously announced, will be delivered progressively from 2015. LTA stated the train contracts will cater to projected demands and increase the NEL’s peak capacity by about 70%.

For CCL, LTA said the peak capacity will increase by about 40% with 16 new trains added progressively from 2015, providing the capacity needed to meet ridership growth and enhance service levels.

In another deal, Singapore’s mass rapid transport (SMRT) has awarded a contract to Thales Solutions Asia to upgrade the signalling system of the north south east west line (NSEWL).

The $195m upgrade project is expected to enable SMRT trains to stop more frequently at the stations during peak hours. LTA has also awarded the contract for the signalling of more than 100km of tracks on the Tuas West Extension at $40.3m.

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The signalling upgrade work, to be delivered in phases from 2016, will allow trains to run at intervals of 100 seconds at peak periods, down from 120 seconds now, reducing waiting time for commuters.

The existing signalling system on the NSEW Lines is a ‘fixed-block’ system that divides the tracks into blocks and can detect where a train is when it moves into a new section. The new signalling system used will be a ‘communications-based train control’ system, where a train’s precise location and speed are tracked and safety gaps between trains are not based on signal blocks but between trains.