Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a S$136.8m ($97m) contract to a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, CSR Qingdao Sifang and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Singapore for 12 new six-car trains.
These are the final batch of the 57 new trains that will be put into service on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) between 2016 and 2019.
Delivery of the 12 trains is expected to begin in early 2018, when they will undergo testing at the NSEWL depots before being put into service around mid-2019.
The trains will be the first to feature tip-up seats with additional flexibility in configuration.
Passenger-friendly features of the trains include three rows of straphangers and triplicated grab-poles for standing passengers.
They will also feature the Dynamic Route Map Display, which will be located at the top of each door for commuters to identify their current location, obtain route information and learn what side the train doors will open at the next station.
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Currently, the consortium is in the process of delivering 91 trains for the Thomson-East Coast Line.
Kawasaki has supplied most of the trains on the NSEWL, starting with the inaugural fleet of 66 six-car locomotives in 1986.
The additional fleets of 56 trains delivered in 1999, 2011 and 2013 were also supplied by Kawasaki.
The LTA plans to add 99 trains to the NSEWL, North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL) by 2019, increasing the overall train fleet size by nearly 50%.
Of the additional trains, 57 new trains will be for the NSEWL, which will enter service from 2016. By the end of next year, 18 new trains for the NEL and 24 for the CCL would be fully deployed.
These new trains are part of LTA’s continued efforts to improve the commuter’s travel experience, with greater capacity and comfort in its network, the authority said.
Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Nippon Sharyo C751 Train in service with Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT). Photo: courtesy of Calvin Teo.