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LTA awards new trains contract worth S$749m

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a contract worth around S$749 million for the purchase of 91 trains for the upcoming Thomson and Eastern Region Lines

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a contract worth around S$749 million for the purchase of 91 trains for the upcoming Thomson and Eastern Region Lines.

The fully automated and driverless four-car trains will have five doors on each side of every car to facilitate smoother passenger boarding and alighting.

The new trains will also have improved electric current regeneration capability that will lead to better energy savings, LTA said on Wednesday.

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries will handle the overall train design, while CSR Qingdao Sifang is responsible for producing the train body shell and the final assembly.

In its statement, LTA said the Eastern Region Line will run together with the Thomson Line as one line when completed.

The 30-kilometre long Thomson Line will enhance rail connectivity in the north-south corridors to the central business district and developments in the Marina Bay area.

It will comprise 22 stations, including interchange stations that link to the North South East West Line, North East Line, Circle Line and Downtown Line.

LTA said more details about the Eastern Region Line will be announced when ready.

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