The latest extension to Bangkok’s rapid transit Skytrain, the 13km Bearing-Samut Prakam section of the Sukhumvit line, opened recently using a turnkey wayside rail system supplied by a consortium led by Bombardier Transportation.

Bombardier itself was responsible for system integration, delivery of its Cityflo 450 rail control solution and the main power supply works. Partner ST Electronics (Thailand) provided the telecommunications, automatic fare collection and platform screen door systems while AMR Asia Company provided the depot workshop facilities, supervisory control and data acquisition, building management, back-up power supply and fire-fighting systems as well as installation.

The new line opened on 6 December and is expected to carry up to 100,000 more journeys on the Skytrain, which now regularly carries over 750,000 passengers per day. It was inaugurated by Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, at a special event attended by many senior officials and dignitaries.

Gregory Enjalbert, Bombardier’s managing director in Thailand, commented: “It is exciting to witness the opening of a new rail link that is extending connectivity to new parts of the Thai capital and will significantly improve the travel experience for commuters. As a long-term partner to Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC), we continue to positively impact the life of Bangkokians and are proud that our project was delivered by our large local team in Bangkok.”