Siemens Mobility has won a contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to design and install a simulation centre for the Downtown Line’s (DTL) signalling system.

The facility will be located in the operations control centre at Gali Batu depot and commence operations in 2020.

It will quickly procure technical analysis of any incidents related to signalling, boost the testing of new features and augment staff training capabilities.

The Downtown Line comprises a 42km-long underground rail network with 34 stations. It spans from Bukit Panjang in the north-west to Expo in the east and sees a daily influx of around 500,000 passengers.

The DTL expansion is expected to be completed by 2024 and will be 44km long with three additional stations.

It will also enable testing and integration of the DTL’s signalling system before these three stations commence operations.

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The test centre will be a ‘digital twin’ of the DTL’s signalling system and will use similar hardware.

The hardware includes WESTRACE MKII interlocking, Trackside TRAINGUARD Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) System and radio network equipment and Trainborne TRAINGUARD CBTC System.

It will also involve the use of the RAIL9000 Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) System in depots and operation centres.

The first stage of the centre will include the installation of the ATS simulation environment.

The second will deal with the full test environment, which includes the CBTC, communications interlocking and trackside elements.

Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter said: “Singapore is at the forefront of mass transit technology. By utilising digitisation, LTA’s operations will see greater availability and reliability.

“Data analytics and preventive failure prediction that was previously done on the lines will now be done remotely and digitally, without impacting operations or passenger service.

In March, the LTA awarded a €90m contract to Siemens to provide signalling technology to the planned Downtown line 3 (DTL3) extensions.