South Korean construction company GS Engineering and Construction Corp has won a S$639.5 million contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the design and construction of an Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC). The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, it will cover approximately 50 ha located at the former Raffles Country Club site.
The ITTC is a dedicated facility that will be equipped to perform robust integrated systems testing for new and existing MRT lines in Singapore. According to LTA, integrated systems testing can be performed round the clock within ITTC, minimising the impact on passenger services. This is also more efficient and frees up limited engineering hours on the existing lines for other activities, such as maintenance and renewal works.
When completed, the ITTC will be the cornerstone of Singapore’s strategy to sustain rail reliability and deepen core rail engineering capabilities. The facility will house an operations control centre, testing equipment and features around 11 km of test tracks to support endurance, performance integration, and high-speed testing for new trains and supporting systems.
The ITTC will also be equipped with a rolling stock workshop, stabling tracks and maintenance tracks to support the major refurbishment of existing trains. LTA said the design of the ITTC is modelled after similar testing centres in countries like Germany, South Korea and Japan.