Singapore – The Land Transport Authority of Singapore has awarded a $262 million contract to renew the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) system to Bombardier. The renewal works will commence in the first half of 2018, and residents of the Lion city can look forward to more reliable rides from 2022.
The contract was awarded to Bombardier as it demonstrated that it would be able to renew the BPLRT system with minimal disruption to existing services. The completion timeline for the renewal will also be shorter than other suppliers. As the BPLRT’s original equipment manufacturer, Bombardier is also familiar with the current system, and has built up experience from ongoing reliability improvement works carried out since 2016.
Chua Chong Kheng, LTA’s deputy chief executive for Infrastructure and Development said: ‘After careful assessment, we have decided to award the contract to Bombardier as their proposal satisfied our key requirement, which is to minimise inconvenience to residents and commuters during the period of upgrading and improvement. Bombardier’s proposal does not require any modification to existing infrastructure and minimal disruption to rail services and hence, met our specifications. When the majority of works are completed by 2022, residents and commuters will be able to experience improvements in overall reliability and smoother train rides.’
The renewal contract covers the replacement of the existing signalling system with a Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system. The 19 Light Rapid Vehicles (LRVs) that have been in use since the BPLRT commenced passenger service in 1999 will also be replaced with new and improved vehicles. In addition, the 13 LRVs that were introduced into service in 2015 will be upgraded with the new CBTC signalling system. The power rail which runs along the entire 7.8 kilometre length of the BPLRT will also be replaced with an enhanced version. The renewed BPLRT will be equipped with condition monitoring capabilities to support system analytics and predictive maintenance over the life cycle of the system.
Commenting on the contract award, Jayaram Naidu, vice president of Southeast Asia, Bombardier Transportation said: ‘As a world-leading rail supplier, Bombardier adds value for its customers and this latest contract shows the trust LTA has in us and further deepens our long-term presence in this important market. Bombardier started delivering INNOVIA APM 100s for Bukit Panjang Line in 1999 and we are ready to continue meeting Singapore’s mobility needs with our high-performance rail vehicles, signalling systems and integrated fleet support.’