Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has unveiled a new Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) train, whose carriages were assembled at the Mandai Depot.
The train is the first of the 91 four-car TEL trains bought by LTA from a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, CSR Qingdao Sifang and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) for about S$749m ($548m) in May 2014.
The delivery of the remaining 90 trains is expected to begin by August this year and to complete by 2022. LTA expects to receive two TEL trains per month until 2022.
The fully automated trains will be the first of their kind in Singapore and will have five doors on each side to facilitate smooth commuter boarding and alighting.
The new TEL train features the LCD Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD), which provides information on the system network map, station arrival, as well as the opening and closure of doors.
Unlike the current LED version being used by LTA on other railway lines, the LCD DRMD is easier to configure. It is also designed to add new stations without changing any of its hardware.
LTA plans to equip two of the new TEL trains with automated track inspection (ATI) cameras, lasers, and sensors to ensure the first line of inspection and detect possible rail defects or faults.
The line cameras can spot any defects, including rail cracks, missing fasteners and foreign objects, as well as help the maintenance team repair defects with minimal disruptions to the rail service.
Each of the TEL trains will be equipped with ten rows of tip-up seats, which are designed to offer additional standing space for passengers during peak hours.