Monday, February 06, 2012

Thales Group lands Singapore signaling contracts

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Neuilly-sur-Seine, France-based Thales Group said Monday it had landed a contract with Singapore’s SMRT Corp. Ltd.to supply its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) to resignal SMRT’s North-South and East-West rail lines, covering a combined 100 kilometers (62 miles) and serving 54 stations. The contract is worth roughly $154 million. 

The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has also awarded a contract worth roughly $31 million to Thales for the signaling of the Tuas West Extension, comprising four stations for the future East-West line extension. The entire new signaling system is expected to be operational by 2018.

SMRT Executive Vice President for Trains Khoo Hean Siang said, “This is a massive project on a working line and will involve very close coordination between SMRT, Thales and the authorities. All necessary care will be taken to ensure the work is carried out safely and with minimum inconvenience to commuters.” Works will be carried out during non-passenger service hours.”

Ian Woodroofe, vice president of Thales Solutions Asia, said, : “We are proud to add Singapore to our broad list of world cities benefiting from SelTrac CBTC technology. Our advanced signaling solution will assist SMRT and LTA to better manage the increasing demand in ridership on two of its busiest lines over the next decade.

Thales on Jan. 23 announced it had been awarded a contract by IHI Corp. to resignal and upgrade the automated people mover (APM) located within Hong Kong International airport.