Interior of the driverless BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system. Photo: Bombardier

Bangkok, Thailand – Bombardier has announced two contracts for its BOMBARDIER INNOVIAMonorail 300 system for two mass rapid transit lines in Bangkok. The contracts are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail (EBM), responsible for the turnkey construction and 30-year concession of the new, elevated lines.

Richard Hunter, president of Rail Control Solutions and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation said, ‘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.’

Bombardier will design and supply the mechanical & electrical elements for the two monorail lines, and deliver a combined total of 72, four-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation. The contract with NBM concerns the new 34.5 kilometre Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line to operate with 42 trainsets. For EBM, scope comprises 30 train sets for the 30.4 kilometre Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line. Furthermore, the contracts include providing the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and systems.

Operating in the city’s northern and eastern areas, the monorails will integrate with the existing transportation network and run at speeds up to 80 kph with a maximum capacity of over 28,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction. Project delivery, system integration and rail control solution design and implementation will be led from Bombardier’s regional hub in Bangkok. The INNOVIA trainsets will be manufactured at the Bombardier Joint-Venture Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS) in China.

There are other developments in the country as Thailand’s government looks into allowing 100 per cent private financing of Bangkok’s Orange Line. Several expensive infrastructure projects are in the works which has caused the Transport Ministry to investigate ways to cut costs. Previously companies pitching to win contracts were only required to finance rail operations, now they could be allowed to pitch for civil engineering work which was previously the preserve of the MRTA.
The total cost of the project currently stands at $3.3 billion, which may be too steep for most potential investors.