PBangkok, Thailand – CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation has obtained an order of 288 single-track, straddle-type monorail vehicles from Thailand.
The trains will be used on Bangkok’s new Yellow Line and the Pink Line, two important rail transit lines in the urban area of Bangkok, which both use straddle-type monorail system, and are scheduled to be put into operation by the end of 2021. Puzhen Bombardier is responsible for providing a total of 288 (72 four-car trains) INNOVIA 300 straddle-type monorail cars. The driving mode will adopt the most advanced automatic unmanned technology in the world. The first train will be delivered before the end of June 2020, and all trains will be delivered in 2021.
Thailand awarded the contract to CRRC Puzhen Bombardier last year in August. Richard Hunter, president of Rail Control Solutions and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation said at the time: ‘Bombardier is helping cities across the world address their congestion issues and these iconic monorails will be an important addition to Bangkok’s growing rail network, providing comfortable, quick travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers daily. Our driverless INNOVIA Monorail 300 system offers energy efficiency, sleek design, spacious interiors and inter-car walkthrough for superb comfort. Also able to handle sharp curves and complex environments, it is well suited to the high-capacity requirements of the Thai capital.’
It is reported that Puzhen Bombardier completed the construction of its first straddle-type monorail vehicle and MRT system rubber-tired vehicle production base in Wuhu, Anhui at the end of 2017. It is also the world’s only production base for the straddle-type monorail vehicle of Bombardier, with an annual production capacity of more than 200 vehicles, which is capable to guarantee the on-time delivery of the project without any difficulty.
Established in 2014, CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation was jointly funded by CRRC Nanjing Puzhen and Bombardier Transportation. It was the first domestic company specialized in design, production, integration and sales of monorail and APM rubber-tired rail transit vehicles and systems. Since its establishment, the company has successfully obtained a number of medium-volume rail transit projects, including the Hong Kong Airport APM, the Shenzhen Airport APM, and the Wuhu straddle-type monorail Line 1 and Phase I of Line 2. In March 2018, Shanghai-Pujiang Line, the first domestic rail transit APM driverless line using its vehicles, was officially opened for trial operation.