Bombardier delivers wayside system to Bangkok Skytrain extension
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has delivered a turnkey wayside rail system for the 13-kilometre extension of Bangkok’s rapid transit Skytrain. The new section will increase the capacity of the public transport system up to 100,000 more journeys a day.
The wayside rail system was supplied by a consortium under the leadership of Bombardier Transportation. The Canadian company was responsible for the system integration, coordinating delivery from all partners and engineering the wayside subsystem interfaces, as well as delivery of its advanced Bombardier Cityflo 450 rail control solution and the main power supply works.
Meanwhile, Thai-based Partner ST Electronics delivered the telecommunications, automatic fare collection and platform screen door systems. AMR Asia Company provided the depot workshop facilities, supervisory control and data acquisition, building management, backup power supply and fire-fighting systems as well as installation.
The Skytrain transit system was opened in Bangkok in December 1999. The latest extension started service on 6 December on the Sukhumvit Line. Skytrain carries over 750,000 passengers per day. Bombardier Transportation has been active in Thailand since 1997. “As a long-term partner to Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC), we continue to positively impact the life of the people in Bangkok and are proud that our project was delivered by our large local team in Bangkok”, managing director of Bombardier Transportation in Thailand Gregory Enjalbert concluded.
Skytrain is the main project for the Canadian supplier in Thailand. Bombardier Transportation has already delivered a signalling system to Skytrain. Currently, Bombardier’s team in Bangkok has a 620-person staff that provides life-cycle rail system support across the Asia Pacific.