Bombardier Transportation, as leader in a consortium, has delivered the turnkey wayside rail system that is operating on the latest extension to Bangkok’s rapid transit Skytrain. The new 13-km Bearing-Samut Prakam section of the Sukhumvit Line, which started service on 6 December, is expected to enable up to 100,000 more journeys on the Skytrain, which regularly carries over 750,000 passengers per day.
As consortium lead, Bombardier was responsible for system integration, co-ordinating 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. Partner ST Electronics (Thailand) Ltd. provided the telecommunications, automatic fare collection and platform screen door systems and AMR Asia Company Ltd. provided the depot workshop facilities, supervisory control and data acquisition, building management, back-up power supply and fire-fighting systems as well as installation.
Reflecting the importance of mass transit for Bangkok, the line was inaugurated by Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, at a special event attended by many senior officials and dignitaries. Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand, Donica Pottie, and Chairman of the Board of BTSC, Keeree Kanjanapas, and Chief Executive Officer BTSC, Surapong Laoha-Unya, were also in attendance.