Mitsubishi and Hitachi have secured a $20 million contract from Myanmar Railways to deliver and equip railway signalling systems in Myanmar. The project, which will be covered by grant aid from the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA), is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.
The new signalling technology to be installed includes a train monitoring system, an electric interlocking system to control turnout machines and signal lamps, and a level crossing system.
The train monitoring system enables operational control centers to conduct unified management of train positions, while a level crossing system allows for detecting approaching trains and automatically giving a warning.
The equipment will be installed along a 140 km stretch of track between Yangon Central Station and Pyuntasa Station, located along the railway route from former capital Yangon, to Mandalay in Upper Myanmar.
A joint statement issued by the companies read as: “Given the ageing of existing railway infrastructure in Myanmar, improvement of the quality and safety of railway services has become an urgent issue.”
The agreement combines the experiences of MC supplying rolling stock and train equipment in Asia and the Middle East and Hitachi, which has proven competence in providing one-stop solutions such as rolling stock and signaling systems to the railway industry.
The deal will see the two firms supply train signalling systems which have been successfully developed on the basis of Japanese technology and experience.
The project will help to improve rail safety and contribute to modernizing, upgrading and diversifying transportation infrastructure in Myanmar.