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First Bombardier monorail cars delivered to Bangkok

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The first Bombardier Innovia monorail 300 vehicles for Thailand, which will run on Bangkok’s new Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) Pink and Yellow lines, have arrived in the Thai capital.

Together, the 34.2km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) and 30.4km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) lines will provide 64-kilometres of new rail-based urban transportation links across the city. The monorails will be able to run at speeds of up to 80km/h and with a maximum system capacity of over 28,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha inside one of the new monorail cars.

Bombardier is supplying 72 four-car Innovia monorail 300 trains, wayside systems and its automated Cityflo 650 rail control and system integration. The system is being delivered from the company’s Bangkok Engineering Centre using vehicles manufactured by the CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS) joint venture, based on Bombardier’s original design from Canada.

Claudio Tiraferri,
Bombardier Transportation.

Claudio Tiraferri, managing director for Bombardier Transportation in Thailand, said: “The on-time delivery of our first Innovia monorail 300 vehicles for Thailand marks an exciting milestone in the history of Thailand’s rail transportation and reflects our strong collaboration between our customers, our PBTS joint venture and our highly-skilled, 600-strong local team.”

“Thailand is an important market for Bombardier where, over the last 23 years, we have grown from signalling supplier to the market leader in rail systems and we look forward to seeing the new rail lines become a reality.”

Bombardier employs more than 600 people in Thailand, delivering multiple projects in the country and across Asia Pacific. Its Bangkok hub hosts a global centre of excellence in digital mass transit solutions and rail systems integration working for projects worldwide.

In addition to the monorails, Bombardier is delivering its Innovia APM 300 automated people mover system for Thailand’s first driverless mass transit system, the Gold Line. It is also the signalling supplier for the Bangkok Skytrain and MRT Purple Line and a section of the State Railway of Thailand’s Northern Line upgrade.

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