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Alstom Unveils First High-Capacity Trainsets for Singapore's MRT Lines

Alstom Unveils First High-Capacity Trainsets for Singapore's MRT Lines
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02 / 06 / 2023

Alstom has revealed the first of 106 six-car high-capacity trainsets comprising a total of 636 cars, to enter service for the East-West and North-South Lines of Singapore’s MRT system.

The new rolling stock will replace 106 trains comprising the first, second and third-generation trains which have been in service, on average, for close to 30 years. These new trains are part of the North–South and East–West Lines' core systems upgrade and renewal programme, and delivery of the 106 new trainsets will be completed by the end of 2026. These trainsets are being supplied under the Land Transport Authority (LTA) contract awarded to Alstom in 2018.

The first two trains arrived in Singapore from China in February 2022, followed by the progressive delivery of more trains. The first of the new trains to enter service was revealed at a June 1st event attended by Minister of Transport Singapore S. Iswaran, Mr. Alan Chan Heng Loon, Chairman LTA, Mr. Ng Lang, Chief Executive, LTA, Mr. Seah Moon Ming, Chairman SMRT and Ms. Ling Fang, Region President, Alstom Asia-Pacific. Commenting on the milestone, Yann Maixandeau, Managing Director Singapore Malaysia for Alstom said: “We do not just deliver operationally, we transform mobility at large, by pioneering smarter and greener mobility solutions for all. The deployment of the latest Movia trainsets from Alstom ensures that Singapore continues to boast the world’s most advanced urban metro systems.”

The trains, designed in Germany and manufactured in Alstom's Chinese joint venture Changchun Alstom Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. (CARC) in Changchun, China, offer a number of commuter-friendly features including refreshed LCD screens that keep passengers informed on their journey, spacious areas for wheelchairs and strollers that promote inclusive travel and larger windows that offer more views of unique neighbourhood towns.

For over 20 years, Alstom has pioneered sustainable and innovative mobility solutions in Singapore, ranging from urban systems to signalling and services. 

Today, all the country’s current Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and the Bukit Panjang Light Rapid Transit (LRT) carry the Group’s solutions. Alstom is currently manufacturing trains and supplying the CBTC signalling system for the extension of the North East Line – the world’s first fully automated underground driverless heavy-capacity metro system and the Circle Line - Singapore’s first medium-capacity MRT line.

Alstom’s modern metro trains are serving the different needs of customers worldwide for over 60 years. Designed to fit new and existing infrastructure, metro trains from Alstom can be adapted to multiple capacity needs. With flexible configurations from 2-to-9 cars, small to large gauge profiles, different voltage systems, and individual interior designs, Alstom’s metros can be operated manually or driverless. They feature low noise levels, high recyclability, and optimised energy efficiency to minimise environmental impact. Over 35,000 metro cars have been ordered or are in operation in more than 70 cities in 40 countries.

Source: Alstom