Alstom and the transport operator SMRT Trains signed an agreement for Singapore Circle Line CBTC system, the driverless train control system which was installed by the French company on the larger CCL network.
The 16-year contract also includes performance guarantees for the entire contracted term. This long-term services support agreement is the first of its kind for a MRT line in Singapore.
“This collaboration will allow SMRT to maintain the performance of Circle Line’s signalling system through long-term spare support, shorter repair turnaround time and access to Alstom’s technical expertise,” Lee Ling Wee, CEO of SMRT Trains, said.
Under the agreement, the programme will see Alstom providing spare parts, repairs, obsolescence management and technical support for the Singapore Circle Line (CCL) system until the year 2035.
During this period, a local team of Alstom experts will work closely alongside SMRT Trains’ CCL team to maintain the availability and security of the train control system. Such localisation of dedicated on-site resources, including the adoption of advanced diagnostic tools, offers operational flexibility and efficiency to ensure safe and reliable service for CCL commuters.
The Singapore Circle Line CBTC system entered service on the CCL network in 2009, enabling the first automated operations of metro and suburban rail networks. It gives operators precise control of train movements, allowing more trains to run on the line at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety, with or without drivers. The CCL system itself was fully designed and built by Alstom in consortium with local companies. Alstom is currently supplying the signalling system and 23 Metropolis trains for the CCL Stage 6, which will enter operation in 2025, completing the ring. The section will offer a direct route between areas in the west, such as Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge, and key employment areas in the CBD, as well as upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area.