Sinapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the completion of the first phase of the Singapore Rail Test Centre (SRTC), including the operationalisation of its high speed test track.
The facility occupies a site of approximately 50 hectares and is fully equipped to conduct rigorous testing and commissioning of trains and other core railways systems for both new and existing rail lines.
The first phase of the SRTC involved the construction of the high speed test track on which the first two CCL6 trains are currently undergoing testing and commissioning activities.
The second phase of SRTC involves the construction of the two other test tracks, covering a 3-km endurance looped track and a 2.8-km performance and integration looped track, as well as the three-storey administration building, the building of the Operations Control Centre, and the maintenance and refurbishment workshops.
The SRTC is on track for completion in 2025, the Land Transport Authority says.
The SRTC will play a pivotal role in our ongoing efforts to renew, upgrade and expand the rail network. Upon completion, the SRTC will serve as a comprehensive testing platform for multiple railway systems before they are deployed on the main lines, including signalling, communications, power and integrated supervisory control systems. This will facilitate round-the-clock testing and free up limited engineering hours on operational lines for other works like maintenance and systems renewal, ultimately strengthening the reliability of the rail network, to the benefit of all rail commuters.
The SRTC is designed to BCA’s Green Mark Platinum Certification, with energy saving equipment incorporated into its design and operations. These include features such as LED lighting, solar panels and a hybrid cooling system. To promote sustainable mobility within the facility and to encourage walking and cycling, bicycle parking lots and sheltered linkways will also be provided.
Previously known as the Integrated Train Testing Centre, the Singapore Rail Test Centre is the first train testing facility in Southeast Asia.