Siemens won a EUR 90 million contract for the supply of Communications-Based Train Control system (CBTC) for the planned Downtown line 3 (DTL3) extension in Singapore, the world’s longest suburban fully automated metro line.
The company will deliver the CBTC system for fully automated operations (Grade of Automation 4, GoA4), in 2 new stations and one depot. The order also includes the Platform Screen Doors for the 2 stations. The 2.2 km Downtown Line 3 extension is due for completion in 2024. With this extension, the Downtown Line will be connected with the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), providing commuters more travel options within the rail Singapore mass transit network. When completed, the DTL 3 will have a total length of 23.2 km and 18 stations.
The Downtown Line, which has a total length of 42 km and comprises 34 stations, transports up to 500,000 passengers per day with a fully automated technology and connects East and West of the island with the Central Business District (CBD) and with Marina Bay area.
“With this project, Singapore’s Downtown line is not only the world’s longest suburban automated metro line, but it is also benefiting from the most advanced CBTC technology. This enables the operator to strengthen the capacity and availability of the network, and contributes to improve the passenger experience of up to half a million people commuting every day,” Michael Peter, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division said.
Siemens commissioned the first 3 sections of Downtown Line in Singapore; in 2013, the first 4-km section (DTL1) with 6 stations was put into operation. The second one, with a total length of 16.6 km and 12 stations, was launched in December 2015, linking Bukit Panjang and Rochor. The DTL3 (third section of the line), with 21 km and 16 stations, was commissioned in October 2017 and it is the longest section with 3 interchange stations in MacPherson, Tampines and Expo. With the opening of this new section, a significant improvement in the connectivity between residential and industrial areas is achieved.