Updated: 12/12/2013 02:05

New centre looking at making the MRT more efficient opens

New centre looking at making the MRT more efficient opens

A new Regional Integration Centre for Transportation promises improved service and support for Singapore's rail networks. 

Run by aerospace and transportation giant Thales, the $10 million centre aims to address the challenges and opportunities in urban transport in Singapore. 

Thales is rolling out improvements to the signalling systems of the North South and East West lines. 

This will allow trains to run at improved frequencies, enhancing performance by 20 per cent and translating to less waiting time for commuters. 

This means that commuters can expect six trains arriving every 10 minutes during peak hours, instead of the current five. 

Chief Executive Officer of Thales Solutions Asia Jean-Noel Stock explains how the centre will implement solutions for Singapore's future rail plans. 

"Well the mandate is to address technologies such as urban rail signalling, supervision of railways and stations, communication systems and fare collection - to address all these subjects in the LTA masterplan."

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, who was there to officiate the opening, says that the centre's opening is timely as Singapore is currently expanding its rail network. 

"As we design and develop these new lines, we seek new and innovative solutions to deliver even higher levels of reliability, efficiency and performance. We will be looking to work withcomapnies who are highly committed to helping my Ministry achieve our mission, highly responsive to our needs, who will dedicate the utmost amount of resources necessary to getting the job done on time and with perfection."

The Thales centre will also develop ground transportation solutions for countries in the region, using Singapore as a base.

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