The North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) is the oldest, largest, and most heavily utilised rail lines in the mass rapid transit (MRT) network. These two lines are spread over102 km and serve 61 stations. The NSEWL network has been serving commuters for over three decades now. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and leading multi-modal transport operator, SMRT, are working together to upgrade the NSEWL lines and improve its safety and reliability. As part of the renewal, here are the new trains bought so far for the NSEWL lines.

• LTA purchased 66 new trains from the Canadian rail company Bombardier Transportation in 2018 for $1.2 billion. The deal also includes a service contract. LTA also bought another 40 trains for $337.8 million from Bombardier in September 2020.

• In tandem with the purchase of the new trains, SMRT, which runs the NSEWL network, signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation to provide long-term technical and logistics support for 30 years.

“We are looking to further collaborate with the LTA to introduce our globally game-changing metro trains to help enhance the travel experience, reduce energy consumption and improve rail reliability in Singapore,” says Mr Jayaram Naidu, Bombardier Transportation's president of South-east Asia.

Features of the New Trains for the NSEWL Lines
Bombardier is supplying a total of 672 MOVIA metro cars to SMRT and LTA for the high-capacity rail lines - NSEWL. These trains are high-performing mobility solutions that feature a range of new technologies, including preventive maintenance and fault detection systems. They can automatically switch power sources in case of a power outage.

The MOVIA trains have a built-in condition monitoring system to identify track circuit failures. If any signalling system failures occur, these trains can recover more quickly than the first-generation trains currently being used in the NSEWL lines. These features enable Bombardier trains to proactively increase the reliability of metro network.

The MOVIA trains have more features that aim to make commuter journeys pleasant. They have wider spaces near the doors, so that passenger can enter and exit easily. The design of the trains supports people using wheelchair and commuters who use personal mobility devices or foldable bicycles.

106 of these trains by Bombardier will completely replace the first-generation trains on the NSEWL by 2026, while some of the trains will run on the busiest lines of the MRT network from 2022. When all the 106 trains will be delivered by Bombardier, the NSEWL lines will have 53 percent of brand new trains.

Commenting on the renewal of the NSEWL lines, Seah Moon Ming, SMRT chairman, said: “Working closely with Ministry of Transport (MOT) Land Transport Authority (LTA), we will continue to renew our systems and also deepen our engineering capabilities to provide faster service recovery through more effective corrective maintenance.”

Working in partnership with LTA, SMRT is making steady investments in renewal and rail maintenance projects. The new trains by Bombardier will provide enhanced travelling experience for all Singaporean commuters in a better-connected transport network of the North-South and East-West lines.

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Miang Chang
Miang has been working as a train design engineer at a leading transportation company in Germany. He loves to share his knowledge about trains and rail network with the industry enthusiasts and people. He also loves to travel and try different Asian cuisines.