Rail operator SMRT has taken delivery of the first of 45 new trains for the heavily used North-South and East-West lines. These trains will be first to carry SMRT’s new orange, red and black livery.

The trains were built in China through a joint venture between Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries and China’s CSR Qingdao Sifang. It comes equipped with a new signalling system that allows service intervals to be cut from 120 second to 100 seconds. These trains are heaviers as compared to the previous models of trains used by SMRT.

Each train is said to cost between $12 – $13 million each and will be fully delivered by 2018 to bloster the North-South East-West line capacity to 186 trains. SMRT stated that these trains will undergo rigorous testing before being introduced for passenger service slated to be somewhere in the first quarter of 2016.

According to SMRT managing director of trains Lee Ling Wee, she said that these trains will increase the capacity of Singapore’s two oldest MRT lines and in turn “contribute to a better travel experience for commuters”.

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