The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has ordered 17 additional Metropolis trains from Alstom for 150 million euros. The trains will provide services on the new extensions of the Singapore North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL). Alstom will build 33 metro cars for the NEL trains and 36 cars for the CCL trains.
Ling Fang, Managing Director of Alstom in China and East Asia, said that
“By providing additional reliable and energy-efficient rolling stock to North East Line and Circle Line, we commit to supporting our customer, LTA, to further increase the capacity and availability of the existing lines. Alstom aims to be the preferred partner of LTA for their transport solutions in Singapore.”
The award of the contract is not surprising as Alstom has already provided the LTA with 100 Metropolis trains, all of which are currently in service on either the NEL or the CCL. Since its launch in 1998 the Metropolis has proved popular with transit authorities: in 2 decades 25 cities have ordered a total of 5,500 of these trains. The trains on the NEC will be driverless.
Alstom has supplied signalling, rolling stock, infrastructure and other services for rapid transit in Singapore, including the Urbalis signalling system for the Thomson-East Coast Line, which the LTA intends to open in 2019.
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