Siemens Mobility selected for Metro rail lines electrification in Singapore

WCN Editorial Team 13 Feb 2019 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Siemens Mobility has been selected by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the electrification of the Circle Line Stage 6 and the North East Line extension (NELe) in Singapore.

The order, worth around €70m, includes delivery of the rail electrification system (direct and alternating current) as well as the overhead power lines for the NELe.

The company will supply the Siemens Catenary System Standard Rigid (Sicat SR) aluminium overhead busbar system.

Sicat SR has a lower installation height and a low voltage drop when compared with conventional overhead power lines.

In addition, the system has a high current-carrying capacity, short-circuit resistance and reduced contact wire wear.

Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter said: “The extension of the Circle Line and the North East Line will expand the mobility options for millions of commuters in Singapore.

“With the electrification of the two lines, we will be making an important contribution toward decisively improving the availability of public transport in the city-state.

“Just last year, we won two key orders for signaling systems and digital services in Singapore.”

In March 2018, Siemens Mobility won an order to deliver the signalling system for the extension of the Downtown Line 3.

This was followed by an order to supply a Rail Enterprise Asset Management System in September 2018.

Earlier in February 2019, the company won a contract from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) for 14 light rail vehicles that will operate in Houston, Texas.

The S70 low-floor light rail vehicles will supplement the vehicles currently serving the three light-rail lines in the city.

The S70 will feature a new and improved modern design, with a centralised low-floor configuration offering full low-floor access between all doors along the length of the vehicle, enabling more accessibility. Drivers will also have an increased field of vision on the sides of the vehicles.

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Image: Siemens Mobility selected for Metro rail lines electrification in Singapore. Photo: Courtesy of Siemens Mobility GmbH.

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