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Bombardier wins contracts for Bangkok monorails

Bombardier will provide 288 Innovia Monorail train cars for two driverless lines in the northern and eastern areas of the Thai capital. The monorails, Thailand's first, will integrate with city's the existing transportation network


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The driverless Innovia Monorail 300 can reach speeds of 80 km/h. PHOTO: Bombardier

BERLIN—The railway division of the Canadian transport and aerospace giant, Bombardier Transportation, has announced that it will help build two monorails in Bangkok.

The contracts, for Bombardier’s Innovia Monorail 300 system, are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (EBM), responsible for the turnkey construction and 30-year concession of the new mass transit lines.

The company will design and supply the mechanical and electrical elements for the two monorail lines, and deliver a combined total of 72, four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation.

The contract with NBM concerns a new 34.5 km line to operate with 42 train sets. For EBM, scope comprises 30 train sets for a 30.4 km line.

Bombardier will also provide the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and systems.

Project delivery, system integration, and rail control solution design and implementation will be led from the company’s regional hub in Bangkok, and the Innovia train sets will be manufactured in China by a Bombardier joint-venture.

Richard Hunter, president of Rail Control Solutions and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation said, “Bombardier is helping cities across the world address their congestion issues and these iconic monorails will be an important addition to Bangkok’s growing rail network, providing comfortable, quick travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers daily.”

Hunter continued, “Our driverless Innovia Monorail 300 system offers energy efficiency, sleek design, spacious interiors and inter-car walkthrough for superb comfort and enhanced safety as well as rubber tires for minimised noise and a smooth ride. Also able to handle sharp curves and complex environments, it is well suited to the high-capacity requirements of the Thai capital.”

Operating in the city’s northern and eastern areas, the Bangkok monorails will integrate with the existing transportation network and run at speeds up to 80 km/h, with a maximum capacity of over 28,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction.


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