New MRT train for Thomson-East Coast Line arrives in Singapore

New MRT train for Thomson-East Coast Line arrives in Singapore

Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train
The fully-automated train is the first in Singapore with five doors on the side of each car to facilitate smoother boarding and alighting of passengers. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)

SINGAPORE: The first of 91 four-car trains for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) was delivered to Singapore on Friday (May 25), the Land Transport Authority said.

The fully-automated train is the first in Singapore with five doors on the side of each car. This will facilitate smoother boarding and alighting of passengers, LTA said. 

The train, which bears a livery representing the TEL's brown colour, will undergo further testing in preparation for passenger service when the first stage of TEL opens in end 2019.

The remaining trains will progressively arrive between now and 2022, said LTA.

Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train 1
The first of 91 four-car trains for the Thomson-East Coast Line was delivered to Singapore on May 25. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)
Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train
The fully-automated train is the first in Singapore with five doors on the side of each car to facilitate smoother boarding and alighting of passengers. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post that the arrival of the train was "a historic moment".

He noted that the new train had landed more than 30 years after Singapore's first MRT train arrived at Tanjong Pagar Container Terminal in May 1986. 

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Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train 6
The first of 91 four-car trains for the Thomson-East Coast Line was delivered to Singapore on May 25. The fully-automated train is the first in Singapore with five doors on the side of each car to facilitate smoother boarding and alighting of passengers. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)
Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train 5
The first of 91 four-car trains for the Thomson-East Coast Line was delivered to Singapore on May 25. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)

Arrival of first Thomson-East Coast Line Train 4
The fully-automated train is the first in Singapore with five doors on the side of each car to facilitate smoother boarding and alighting of passengers. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)

Source: CNA/hm

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