A Toshiba-Marubeni joint venture (JV) has shipped the first two trainsets for Bangkok’s new Purple Line Project, from Daikoku Pier, Yokohama City, Japan. The entire rolling stock fleet of 21 trainsets is scheduled to arrive in Thailand by next January for operation on the 23km passenger mass transit railway line that will run from Bang Yai to Bang Sue in Bangkok.
Commercial operations on the 16-station Purple Line are expected to begin from August next year.
Marubeni and Toshiba are supplying the rolling stock as part of a railway system contract, including rolling stock, power supply systems, signalling and control systems and communication systems.
The cars are being manufactured by Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC), a member of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Group.
The line is being developed by Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited (BMCL) under a 30-year public-private partnership (PPP) contract awarded by Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA).
Ch. Karnchang Public Company (CK) is the construction contractor of the Purple Line project, which is being financed through a Japanese ODA Loan.
The Marubeni-Toshiba JV secured contract from CK in November 2013 to supply the railway systems and provide maintenance services for ten years.
Under the ten-year deal, both the companies will collaborate with JR East to set up a maintenance service company in Bangkok to provide BMCL with support and services.