SIEMENS Mobility will install CBTC on the new metro line connecting Malaysia and Singapore after it was awarded a contract by RTS Operations to design, install and commission the signalling system and install platform screen doors.

The technology will be installed on the Johor Bahru - Singapore Rapid Transit System, in what Siemens claims will be the first time CBTC is used on a cross-border link. The line will be equipped for ATO at GoA 4, the highest grade available, which allows for trains to be automatically controlled and operated.

Siemens Mobility will install its Trainguard MT CBTC system on the line, as well as at one station and control centre (OCC) on each side of the border. The platform screen doors will be installed at both stations and a depot will be established on the Malaysian side of the border that will accommodate eight four-car trains.

The 4km line connects Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Woodlands. Services in Singapore will be operated by RTS Operations. Once completed, the RTS Link will be able to transport an estimated 10,000 passenger an hour in each direction. This, it is hoped, will ease the current congestion at existing border entry points, improve cross-border connectivity and bolster economic activity in the region.