Alstom, which originally supplied the fully automated communications-based train control (CBTC) system in 2009, will guarantee its reliability and availability and supply spare parts, carry out repairs, and provide obsolescence management and technical support until 2035.

A local team of Alstom specialists will work alongside staff from SMRT Trains to maintain the availability and security of the driverless train control system using advanced diagnostic tools.

Alstom says this long-term services support agreement is the first of its kind for a Singapore metro line.

“This collaboration will allow SMRT to maintain the performance of the Circle Line’s signalling system through long-term spare support, shorter repair turnaround time and access to Alstom’s technical expertise,” says SMRT Trains’ CEO, Mr Lee Ling Wee.

Alstom is currently supplying the signalling system and 23 three-car Metropolis metro trains for Stage 6 of the Circle Line, which will complete the line by plugging the 4km gap between Marina Bay and Harbour Front.

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