A CONSORTIUM of Alstom and Singapore Technologies Electronics has been awarded the turnkey contract for supply of electrical and mechanical equipment on the initial section of Singapore’s Marina metro line. The Land Transport Authority hopes to expand the 5·2 km route into a 36 km E-shaped network over nine years, creating the world’s largest automatic metro at a cost of S$1·6bn.

The S$285m Marina line contract includes the construction of the track and six stations, to open in 2005-06. The line will use Alstom’s Axonis package of Metropolis rolling stock and Urbalis control equipment, similar to that on the North East line (RG 12.00 p802) now under construction.

Seven 750V three-car EMUs are to be built, each with a capacity of 670 passengers, and the line will be designed for a minimum headway of 90sec.