The 6th Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the 4th fully automated and driverless system line in Singapore

GE Transportation (now part of Alstom Transport) was selected by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to supply fully automated driverless train control and signalling solutions for the Thomson East-Coat Line based on its Tempo™ portfolio. GE will provide the Tempo™ Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) and Computer-Based Interlocking (CBI) systems as part of a contract which includes design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the signalling system and platform screen doors (PSD).

The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will be the sixth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the fourth fully automated and driverless system line in Singapore. The line was announced on 15 August 2014 by the LTA.  The line will open in five stages from 2019 onwards, and interchanges with all existing lines.

When the first three stages are opened, it is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily. The development stages of the project consist firstly of the construction of three new stations and is due to be completed by 2019. Then it is followed by the construction of six stations which are due to be complete by 2020 and the final stage being the comprising of the 13 stations, which is due to come online in 2021.

The Scope of works for this project was the provision of an Integrated Test & Commissioning Plan for Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) and Platform Screen Doors (PSD) and its integration with other subsystems: Rolling stock, Power Supply, telecoms, SCADA with the following contents:

  • Test Strategy on how GE will carry out the integrated tests with other contractors
  • How the Integration Test team and the resources will be organized
  • The pre-requisites that are required from the other contractors
  • Schedule (including the time frame required for the individual tests)
  • Test List including a write-up on a test by test basis.