First monorails arrive for Bangkok lines

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Monorail trains finish testing with first delivery to Bangkok

The Bombardier Innovia monorail 300 system will be the first monorail in Thailand installed to improve urban mobility

Bombardier Transportation has celebrated the delivery of the first state-of-the-art Bombardier Innovia monorail 300 vehicles for Thailand. The monorails will run on Bangkok’s new Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) Pink and Yellow Lines, which will provide 64-kilometres of new rail-based urban transport links across the city.

The milestone was marked at a special event on October 1, 2020, attended by Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha, as well as other senior government officials. HE Dr Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand was also in attendance, along with representatives from Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), Northern Bangkok Monorail (NBM) and Eastern Bangkok Monorail (EBM).

“The on-time delivery of our first Innovia monorail 300 vehicles for Thailand marks an exciting milestone in the history of Thailand’s rail transport and reflects our strong collaboration between our customers, our PBTS joint venture and our highly-skilled, 600-strong local team,” said Claudio Tiraferri, Managing Director for Bombardier Transportation in Thailand. “Thailand is an important market for Bombardier where, over the last 23 years, we have grown from signalling supplier to the main supplier of rail systems and we look forward to seeing the new railway lines become a reality.”

Bombardier’s scope on the 34.2 km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) and 30.4 km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Lines comprises 72 four-car Innovia monorail 300 trains, wayside systems and the automated Bombardier Cityflo 650 rail control and system integration. The monorails will be able to run at speeds of up to 80 km/h and with a maximum system capacity of over 28,000 passengers per hour in each direction. The system is being delivered from Bombardier’s Bangkok Engineering Centre with vehicles manufactured by the CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS) joint venture, based on Bombardier’s original design from Canada.

Bombardier employs more than 600 employees to deliver multiple projects in the country and across the Asia Pacific region. Its Bangkok hub hosts a global centre of excellence in digital mass transit systems and rail systems integration working for projects worldwide. In addition to its iconic monorails, Bombardier is delivering its Bombardier Innovia APM 300 automated people mover system for Thailand’s first driverless mass transit system, the Gold Line. It is also the signalling supplier for the Bangkok Skytrain and MRT Purple Line and a section of the State Railway of Thailand’s Northern Line upgrade.

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