GS Engineering wins $450m contract to build train testing centre in Singapore

WCN Editorial Team 20 Apr 2020 ASIA BUILDINGS

South Korea-based construction firm GS Engineering and Construction (GS Engineering) has received a contract worth SGD639.5m ($450m) from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the design and construction of an Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC).

The new ITTC, which is planned to be built at the former 50ha Raffles Country Club site, will be equipped to undertake advanced integrated systems testing for new and existing MRT lines.

Planned to be commissioned in phases, the new facility comprises an Operations Control Centre and testing equipment. It features around 11km of test tracks to support endurance, performance integration, and high-speed testing for new trains and supporting systems.

Additional features of the ITTC include a rolling stock workshop, stabling tracks and maintenance tracks to support the refurbishment of existing trains in the country.

LTA said in a statement: “When completed, the ITTC will be the cornerstone of Singapore’s strategy to sustain rail reliability and deepen core rail engineering capabilities.

“Over time, the ITTC will also serve as a hub for LTA and the local rail industry to deepen our competencies in systems integration and operations and in maintenance, and to achieve engineering excellence.”

The first phase of the facility will commence operations by the end of 2022 to receive new trains and systems for Circle Line 6. The ITTC is scheduled to be fully operational by end 2024.

LTA expects the ITTC, which will help in accelerating diagnoses and rectification of faults, to serve as the cornerstone of the country’s aim to sustain rail reliability while intensifying core rail engineering capabilities.

Singapore aims to sustain rail reliability and intensify core rail engineering capabilities. (Credit: Bruno /Germany from Pixabay)

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