Egis has just registered a new success in Thailand with the signature of a contract for the Bangkok metro’s “Pink Line” as Project Consultant with its local partner Team Consult.
The first monorail in Thailand
The Pink Line, the country’s first monorail project, has been planned as part of the “Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan” (M-MAP), an extensive programme to develop the public transport network in the Bangkok metropolitan region. Stretching 34.5 km, the future line will run between the north-western province of Nonthaburi and Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. Its 42 trains will reach a maximum commercial speed of 80 km/h and carry more than 28,000 passengers per hour per direction, this improving the everyday journeys of more than 400,000 people.
The line will blend seamlessly into the existing transport network, offering connections with the Dark Red railway line, the Purple and Orange metro lines and the elevated Sukhumvit Line, part of the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BMTS).
From design to commissioning
Estimated to cost THB 53.5 billion (approximately €1.3 billion), the Pink Line Monorail is the first PPP project (public-private partnership) in Thailand to encompass the construction of infrastructure, the supply and installation of equipment (systems and rolling stock) and the operation and maintenance of the line.
The contract was awarded by the Thai Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) to the joint venture BSR, formed by BTS Group, Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc.
The project management and construction supervision of the line will be led by the TEAM Group / Egis consortium for a three-year period. Egis will be specifically responsible for design review, manufacturing supervision, installation and testing of all the systems (including the Monorail supplied by Bombardier, together with track switches) up until the commencement of revenue service.
Egis in Asia
Egis has built up a solid reputation in urban transit and railway transportation engineering in Asia, in particular in Thailand with several noteworthy contracts in recent years on Bangkok’s metro lines (Blue Line, Green Line and Orange Line) and in Indonesia with the Palembang light metro project. These achievements, which come in addition to those in other sectors in the region, illustrate Egis’ interest in the Asian market and offer confirmation of the Group’s growing development in this vast region of the world.