Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a S$1.2bn ($880m) contract to Bombardier to supply 66 new six-car trains.
The trains, which will replace the current first-generation fleet, will operate on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL). They will be designed in Germany and manufactured and assembled at Bombardier’s Chinese facility in Changchun.
The vehicles are expected to be delivered in batches from 2021, after which they will undergo testing before being commissioned for commercial service.
LTA Infrastructure and Development deputy chief executive Chua Chong Kheng said: “A successful and durable rail system relies much on an efficient and assured long-term logistics and technical support network, which we are confident Bombardier will be able to provide based on their track record and close working relationship with LTA and our rail operators.
“The award of the contract to Bombardier will revitalise our oldest rail lines and improve rail reliability, as well as Singapore’s rail capabilities.”
To be equipped with new predictive maintenance features and an enhanced design, the trains are expected to improve operations on the NSEWL.
Four new trains from the fleet will feature an Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) System to carry out real-time monitoring of the running rails, track equipment and sleepers during operations.
The agreement also includes the option under which Bombardier can provide service support for the new train fleet for their design life of 30 years.
Bombardier has been present in Singapore for more than 30 years. It recently supplied 92 driverless trains for the Downtown Line.