Bombardier awarded Bangkok monorail contracts

Bombardier has secured two contracts to supply a total of 72 Innovia Monorail 300 trains for two new monorail lines in Bangkok. Assembly of all 288 vehicles will be carried out in China by the Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems joint venture.

The contracts were awarded by Northern Bangkok Monorail Company, which is building the 34.5km Pink Line from Khae Rai to Min Buri, and Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company, constructor of the 30.4 km Lat Phrao – Samrong Yellow Line. The two companies are building the elevated lines under 30-year PPP concessions.

Bombardier will design and supply the mechanical & electrical elements for the two monorail lines, and deliver a combined total of 72, four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation. The contract with NBM concerns the new 34.5 km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line to operate with 42 trainsets. For EBM, scope comprises 30 train sets for the 30.4 km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line. Furthermore, the contracts include providing the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and systems.

Operating in the city’s northern and eastern areas, the monorails will integrate with the existing transportation network and run at speeds up to 80 km/h with a maximum capacity of over 28,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction.

“Bombardier is helping cities across the world address their congestion issues and these iconic monorails will be an important addition to Bangkok’s growing rail network, providing comfortable, quick travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers daily”, Richard Hunter, President of Rail Control Solutions and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation said.

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