French engineering group Egis along with its local partner Team Consult has been appointed as the project consultant for Bangkok monorail project, Pink Line Monorail.
Pink Line, the first monorail project in Thailand, is estimated to cost THB53.5bn (€1.3bn).
The Pink Line project has been planned as part of the ‘Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan’ (M-MAP), a programme aimed at developing the public transport network in the Bangkok metropolitan region.
Stretching 34.5km, the monorail line will run between the north-western province of Nonthaburi and Thailand’s capital city Bangkok.
Its 42 trains will reach a maximum commercial speed of 80kmph and carry more than 28,000 passengers per hour per direction, improving the everyday journeys of more than 400,000 people.
The line will blend into the existing transport network, offering connections with the Dark Red railway line, the Purple and Orange metro lines and the elevated Sukhumvit Line, part of the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BMTS).
The Pink Line Monorail is the first PPP (public-private partnership) project in Thailand to encompass the construction of infrastructure, supply and installation of equipment (systems and rolling stock) and the operation and maintenance of the line.
The contract was awarded by the Thai Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) to BSR, a joint venture formed by BTS Group, Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding.
The TEAM Group/Egis consortium will lead the project management and construction supervision of the line for a three-year period.
Egis will be responsible for design review, manufacturing supervision, installation and testing of the systems, including the monorail supplied by Bombardier, together with track switches, until the commencement of revenue service.
Egis has already executed major urban transit and railway transportation engineering projects in Asia, particularly in Thailand, where it won several contracts in recent years on Bangkok’s metro lines (Blue Line, Green Line and Orange Line) and the Palembang light metro project in Indonesia.