Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has contracted GE Transportation to deliver fully automated driverless train control and signalling solutions for the Thomson (TSL) and Eastern Region Lines (ERL).

As part of the $126m contract, GE will supply its Tempo Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) and Computer-Based Interlocking (CBI) systems to enable LTA to improve operations, service challenges and requirements.

GE will also be involved in design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the signalling system and platform screen doors for both TSL and ERL lines.

Commenting on the contract, GE Transportation president and CEO Russell Stokes said: "GE Transportation is harnessing the power of the industrial internet to simplify railway and mass transit signalling."

"GE Transportation is harnessing the power of the industrial internet to simplify railway and mass transit signalling."

The Tempo CBTC Solution will enable LTA to increase the number of passengers, revenue service availability, energy consumption and lower lifecycle costs.

Designed to simplify mass transit service operations and increase efficiency, the next-generation integrated and modular signalling and control system is capable of dynamically adjusting capacity to required traffic levels while maintaining safety levels.

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The 30km underground rail Thomson Line will include 22 stations and six interchange stations and work will be carried out in three stages, starting in 2019. The upgrade is expected to be fully completed in 2021.

The Eastern Region Line will run together with the Thomson Line, which will connect with the East-West Line, North-South Line, Circle Line and the Downtown Line.