Singapore’s Integrated Train Testing Centre to be Completed in 2024

An overview render of the Singapore Integrated Train Testing Centre which would be located at Tuas. Artist Impression by Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore

In a Facebook post by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 17 March 2021, the Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) has commenced civil construction works with a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung.

The ITTC is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, with a dedicated facility that will be equipped to perform robust integrated systems testing for new and existing MRT lines.

Three test tracks in the ITTC

Artist Impression by Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore, showcasing the three test tracks at the Singapore Integrated Train Testing Centre. The endurance looped track, performance and integration looped track and high speed straight test track.

Artist Impression of the three test tracks housed in the ITTC. (Photo: LTA)

The ITTC will house three seperate types of test tracks to facilitate a comprehensive range of testing modules and for specific safety-critical tests.

Test Track Characteristics Test Purpose
Looped track with an uphill gradient Performance on slopes
Looped track with a branched ‘S-shaped’ track Performance and systems integration
Straight high-speed track with minimal curvature and gradient Dynamic speed testing up to 100km/h

Fully operational in 2024

LTA mentioned that the ITTC will commence operation in two phases. The first phase targeted to complete in Q4 2022, will include the construction of the high-speed test track.

Subsequently, the ITTC will be fully completed and fully operational by end 2024, with the completion of the two remaining looped test tracks, the Administration Building, Operations Control Centre (OCC) and workshops.

Testing for CCL6 trains

The Alstom Metropolis C851E (CCL) trains will be delivered to the ITTC in end-2022, allowing the new trains to perform robust integrated systems testing round the clock. This minimises disruption to passenger services on operational rail lines, freeing up more time for engineers to carry out maintenance and renewal works.

These trains will then be put into service to give support to the system when Circle Line 6 (CCL6) begin operations.

Click here to learn about the Alstom Metropolis C851E (CCL) trains »
Click here to learn about the Circle Line (CCL) »

Related Links
Link to Facebook post by Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Link to Press Release by Land Transport Authority (LTA)

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