SBS Transit Rail signs CBTC service contract with Alstom

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The long-term agreement will start in 2023.

A train at the current Singapore North East Line terminus at Punggol.

SINGAPORE transport operator SBS Transit Rail has signed a long-term service support contract with Alstom for the Urbalis Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system installed on Singapore’s 20km North East Line (NEL) .

The agreement was signed on November 2 by SBS Transit Rail CEO Mr. Jeffrey Sim and Alstom Asia-Pacific President Ms. Ling Fang during the LTA- Singapore UITP 2022.

The contract will start in 2023, with Alstom providing technical expertise and local repair services for the NEL train fleet. Alstom has been a long-time partner of SBS Transit Rail, having originally supplied the Urbalis CBTC moving block signaling system as well as the C751A and C751C metro trainsets for NEL, which was the first rapid transit line ( MRT) high-capacity Singapore.

The CBTC system was first introduced to help ease commuter congestion and is designed specifically for high-traffic subways. It has been regularly updated in Singapore by Alstom with functions improving progress, average speed performance and supervision and control to meet operational needs.

“We are very pleased to embark on this important service project with our long-time partner SBS Transit Rail,” said Ling Fang. “This allows us to invest more in local talent development and knowledge transfer, which ultimately enhances and promotes Singapore’s local rail capabilities.”

First opened in 2003, NEL runs from Harbor Front station in the city center northeast to the new town of Punggol on the Tanjoing Punggol peninsula.

In addition to winning the new SBS Transit Rail LTSS contract, Alstom is also currently supplying the signaling system and six Metropolis trains, comprising 36 metro cars, for the NEL extension project due to open in 2024. This will extend the line 1.6 km from its current terminus in Punggol town to a new one on the coast of Punggol. It is estimated that the extension will help reduce travel time between Punggol North and the city center and other parts of Singapore by up to 15 minutes.

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