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1st Downtown Line train arrives, will be put through tests

Published on Oct 13, 2012 6:00 AM
 
A mobile crane hoisting one of the train's three carriages from a vessel at Jurong Port yesterday. It is the first of 73 new fully automatic and driverless trains which have been commissioned for the Downtown Line. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The first Downtown Line (DTL) train arrived at Jurong Port on Friday, ahead of the line's first-stage opening next year.

It took several hours to lift the three carriages from a container ship before they were transported to Kim Chuan Depot.

Over the next few months, until the third quarter of next year, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Transportation will be delivering another 10 trains for the DTL's Stage 1.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) senior group director for rail Sim Wee Meng said the first stage - which spans six stations from Bugis to Chinatown - is on track to open by the end of next year. SBS Transit, which operates the North-East Line, will run the DTL. The LTA awarded Bombardier a $571 million contract in November 2008 to design and build a total of 73 trains for the DTL.

 
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Only when we test and achieve a certain level of reliability, then we'll hand it over to the operator for trial running."

Land Transport Authority senior group director for rail Sim Wee Meng