The first seven metros delivered by the consortium of Siemens Mobility and Turkish railway manufacturer Bozankaya are now in operation on the existing BTS (Skytrain) system as well as the Green Line extension in Bangkok, Thailand. The new trains entered service on the inaugurated Green Line extension in December 2018. Operator Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC) is now initiating full service on the extended Green Line from Mo Chit Station to Samut Prakan Station. All in all, 22 four-car trains will be delivered. The scope of Siemens Mobility’s delivery includes bogies, drive and brake systems, auxiliary services as well as the project management, engineering, design and commissioning of the trains. The trains are being built at the Bozankaya plant in Ankara, Turkey. Siemens Mobility will service and maintain the trains over a period of 16 years.
“The Skytrain is a very special success story for us: It’s the first public rail transport system in the Thai capital and Siemens Mobility delivered the elevated system as a turnkey project. We’ve provided full service for the system since its commissioning nearly 20 years ago and will continue to do so until 2029, ensuring that over 99 percent of the existing trains are available daily. With the addition of our new trains, capacity on the Green Line will increase to over one million passengers a day. At the same time, they offer users optimal passenger comfort and convenience,” explained Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
Green Line operator BTSC commissioned the consortium in May 2016 to deliver the 22 trains. In addition to the trains, Siemens Mobility is supplying the traction power supply for the line’s extension. The order was placed as part of BTSC’s expansion plans to provide more trains on both the existing route and its extensions. The first extension inaugurated in December 2018 connects the provincial capital Samut Prakan, which lies around 25 kilometers south of Bangkok, with the city. The elevated extension begins at the current Skytrain terminus Bearing, is around 13 kilometers long, and has nine stations. The line runs along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok’s longest street, crosses the Samrong Canal and ends at the Soi Thesaban Bang Pu station.