by Josephine Cordero Sapién
07 May 2020
Alstom and rail operator SMRT Trains have signed a long-term services support agreement for the driverless train control system Alstom installed on the Singapore Circle Line.
The two parties signed the contract with the support of the Land Transport Authority. The contract has a runtime of 16 years and comes with performance guarantees for its entire term. The goal of the contract is to ensure the system’s ongoing reliability and availability.
As part of this contract Alstom will supply spare parts, perform repairs and engage in obsolescence management and technical support for the Circle Line system until 2035. Alstom has a local team of experts in place who will work closely with SMRT Trains’ Circle Line team throughout.
“We are proud to support our customers in Singapore where and when it matters most. With this LTSS contract we will strengthen Alstom’s service portfolio in the Asia Pacific region and enhance the localisation of key competencies in Singapore. It also reinforces the trust that SMRT Trains places in our technical, operational and maintenance expertise. We look forward to this long-term collaboration that will ultimately benefit passengers on the line.”
The train control system in question is Alstom’s CBTC solution Urbalis. It first started being used on the Circle Line in 2009, allowing automated metro operations. Because operators receive precise control of train movements, they can run more trains on the line at higher speeds, with or without drivers.
“This collaboration will allow SMRT to maintain the performance of Circle Line’s signalling system through long-term spare support, shorter repair turnaround time and access to Alstom’s technical expertise.”
The Circle Line in Singapore currently runs an incomplete loop from Dhoby Ghaut to HarbourFront, but the loop is due to be completed in the future. Alstom is supplying the signalling system and 23 Metropolis trains (69 metro cars) for the Circle Line Stage 6, which is the 4km component that will close the loop. This work is to be completed by 2025.
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