Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded GS Engineering and Construction Corp a USD 486 million (SGD 639.5 million) contract for the design and construction of the Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) for MRT system.
The facility will enter operations in phases. The first phase of the ITTC will open by end 2022 to receive new trains and systems for Circle Line 6. The ITTC will be fully operational by end 2024.
The centre will be located at the former Raffles Country Club site, occupying approximately 50 hectares. The ITTC will house an Operations Control Centre, testing equipment and features around 11 km of test tracks to support endurance, performance integration, and high-speed testing for new trains and supporting systems.
The testing facility will house an Operations Control Centre, testing equipment and features around 11 km of test tracks to support endurance, performance integration, and high-speed testing for new trains and supporting systems. The ITTC is equipped with a rolling stock workshop, stabling tracks and maintenance tracks to support the major refurbishment of existing trains.
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the ITTC is a dedicated facility that will be equipped to perform robust integrated systems testing for new and existing MRT lines. Integrated systems testing can be performed round the clock within ITTC, minimising the impact on passenger services. This is more efficient and frees up limited engineering hours on the existing lines for other activities such as maintenance and renewal work.
The design of the ITTC is modelled after similar testing centres in countries like Germany, South Korea and Japan.
When completed, the ITTC will be the cornerstone of Singapore’s strategy to sustain rail reliability and deepen core rail engineering capabilities. Over time, the facility will also serve as a hub for LTA and the local rail industry to deepen our competencies in systems integration and operations and in maintenance, and to achieve engineering excellence. For example, the local rail industry will be able to evaluate new railway infrastructure, develop proofs-of-concept, as well as conduct research and development into railway technologies, using the ITTC as a testing ground.