Vehicles for the third phase of Singapore’s Downtown Line have been delivered
141 new Bombardier Movia metro cars for the underground Downtown Line (DTL) has been delivered and will double capacity.
This delivery concludes the third phase of Downtown Line, which is part of Singapore’s mass rapid transit (MRT) network. The complete 276-car order was delivered in three stages: 24 cars for Phase 1 which entered passenger service in 2013; 111 cars for Phase 2 starting service in 2015 and this Phase 3 entering service on 21 October 2017.
The additional metro cars will increase potential ridership to 500,000, doubling the capacity on the 42km of the Downtown Line.
The third phase of the line to open is the 21km, 16-station section connecting the north-west and eastern areas to Singapore’s central business district and Marina Bay.
“We greatly appreciate the tremendous effort from our team, our joint venture partner Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd, and especially the trust and support from our long term strategic partner the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, in delivering this latest batch of metro cars on time and on quality,” said Jayaram Naidu, Head of South-East Asia at Bombardier Transportation.
This project was an international effort, with the Project Management and Train Control & Management System (TCMS) coming from Singapore, engineering from Germany, bogie design from the United Kingdom, propulsion from Sweden and vehicle manufacturing and assembly in China.
Furthermore, this is the first time that Singapore will have passenger vehicles that are integrated with the Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) System. This automatically alerts the operator and triggers work orders for anomalies found during train operation and on the power rail while in passenger service.