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Purple Line Project in Bangkok Starts Delivery of Rolling Stock from Japan

7 Sep, 2015

Marubeni Corporation
Toshiba Corporation

Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”) and Toshiba Corporation (“Toshiba”) are pleased to announce that with regard to the Purple Line Project in Bangkok, Thailand, which the Joint Venture incorporated by Marubeni and Toshiba have been awarded contracts to provide the railway systems and maintenance services of the Purple Line for 10 years beginning from commercial operation of the Purple Line, the first shipment of rolling stock (2 trainsets 6 cars) departed from Daikoku Pier (Located in Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) on September 7, 2015. All rolling stock (21 trainsets 63 cars) will arrive at Thailand by January 2016.

The Purple Line is a new 23-kilometer passenger mass transit railway line that will run from Bang Yai to Bang Sue in Bangkok city. The line is under construction and expected to start operation in 2016. It is being developed by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme funded by a Japanese ODA Loan. Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited (BMCL) has been awarded contracts for both the provision of the railway systems and operation of the line from MRTA and Ch. Karnchang Public Company Limited (CK), a leading Thai general contractor and infrastructure developer, constructs the railway systems.

Under a contract with CK, Marubeni and Toshiba will provide the railway system as a full package, including rolling stock, power supply systems, signaling and control systems and communication systems. The rolling stock has been manufactured by Japan Transport Engineering Company of the East Japan Railway Company group.

The Purple Line will start commercial operation around August of 2016 and Marubeni and Toshiba are fully committed to help solve Bangkok’s traffic issues through provision of Japanese technologies.

Picture of Shipment Image of Purple Line
The first shipment of rolling stock was shipped from Daikoku Pier in Japan on 7 September 2015

Marubeni and Toshiba will provide a full-package railway system for the new Purple Line, which will start operations atound August 2016.