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May 06, 2009

Singapore LTA orders 22 metro trains

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SINGAPORE Land Transport Authority (LTA)has awarded a $S 368 million ($US 250 million) contract for 22 metro trains toa consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan, and CSR Qingdao SifangLocomotive & Rolling Stock, China. The six-car emus will be delivered in2011-12, and will supplement the existing train fleets on the North-South andEast-West lines.

The order is intended to compliment asignificant capacity enhancement project which began recently at Jurong East,where North-South and East-West lines converge. Trains on both lines share themiddle platform at the station, which has severely limited capacity in recentyears. Construction is now underway on a new fourth platform and realignment ofthe track on the approach to the station, together with a new 2.5km viaduct,which will accommodate an additional track.

The completion of this work in 2012 togetherwith the delivery of the new trains will allow capacity to be boosted by around15%, with minimum headways of around two minutes during peak periods.

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