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Bangkok’s suburban train will boost its capacity by up to 40% with Thales

Thales has secured a contract to deliver the European Train Control System (ETCS) on two sections of the Bangkok Red Line network in Thailand.
 
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the country’s main rail operator, has proposed the development of the Red Line commuter train system in order to reduce traffic congestion in the region.
 
The Red Line suburban train network will comprise the North Line, running from Rangsit to Bang Sue, and the West Line running from Bang Sue to Taling Chan.
 
Once ready, the line is expected to serve around 131,000 commuters per day. It will also be the first line to be integrated into SRT’s mainline rail network.
 
Thales Thailand country director Tommy Ayouty said: “As Thailand develops its transportation infrastructure to support a growing urban population, Thales continues to be a committed partner to the country, as we’ve done for close to 30 years across various businesses.
“We are supporting Thailand’s ambitions in developing a robust urban rail network, and providing systems that ensure the highest level of safety to the SRT’s commuters.”
 
The scope of the contract, signed with Nippon Signal, involves equipping 25 new electric multiple unit trains and two existing non-electrified vehicles with Thales ETCS onboard system.
 
The vehicles, which will run on Level 1 configuration, can be upgraded to Level 2.
 
The 41km-long Red Line sections that will feature the new technology have a four-track alignment, as well as double-track lines. The signalling works on the line are expected to be completed by 2020.
 
The deployment of ETCS technology, which was initially developed to encourage interoperability across Europe, is expected to improve the capacity of the network by 40%, as well as enhance the reliability of the service.

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