Thales announced on Tuesday (Oct 12) that it had won the contract to modernise and standardise 1,350 fare gates at MRT stations over the next few years.
The North-South Line, East-West Line, Circle Line and the upcoming Jurong Region Line will see upcoming fare gates supplied by the company.
$31.68 Million Contract Awarded for Thales Fare Gates
The contract is valued at $31.68 million and will involve the replacement of the fare gates on three existing MRT lines, namely the North-South Line (NSL), East-West Line (EWL) and Circle Line (CCL).
Thales said it will also involve the provision of fare gates for the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL) which will begin operations in three phases starting from 2027 to 2029.
Fare Gates for the North-South Line, East-West Line and Circle Line
Speaking to The Straits Times on Tuesday (Oct 12), a spokesperson from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that “the replacement is needed, as the fare gates on the North-South, East-West and Circle lines are approaching the end of their operational lifespan.”
The spokesperson also said that the existing fare gates have certain parts becoming “obsolete, making maintenance a challenge.”
The SGTrains Team understands that most of the fare gates used on the NSL and EWL are the ‘TITAN Elite Series Automatic Gates’ by SMRT, first seen in use since 2011.
Replacement works for the fare gates will take place during non-operating hours and thus will not affect commuters.
Fare Gates for the Jurong Region Line
Slated to begin operations in three phases starting from 2027 to 2029, the JRL will also feature fare gates supplied by Thales.
Similar to the ones to be used on the three existing MRT lines, the fare gates on JRL will “come with slimmer swing flaps opening in the direction of commuter travel, as opposed to retractable ones,” said the LTA spokesperson.
Thales in Singapore’s Rail Network
Products by Thales are being used widely across the country’s rail network and is not a new face to the industry.
Both CCL and DTL are currently using fare gates made by the French supplier.
Thales was also previously involved in the re-signalling works for both the NSL and EWL, where it commissioned respectively in 2017 and 2018.
The French supplier said that it also shares a similar ambition with LTA “to harness the power of digital to build a safe, secured, seamless and reliable journey that is inclusive for all commuters.”
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