Alstom Metropolis C830C

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Alstom Metropolis C830C
Interior of C830C.
In service26 June 2015; 4 years ago (2015-06-26) – Present
ManufacturerShanghai Alstom Transport
(Alstom and Shanghai Electric)[1]
Built atShanghai, China
Family nameMetropolis
Entered service2015
Number built72 Vehicles (24 Trainsets)
Number in service72 Vehicles (24 Trainsets)
Formation3 per trainset
Mc1– T–Mc2
Fleet numbers841 – 864
Capacity931 passengers
Operator(s)SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Depot(s)Kim Chuan
Line(s) served CCL  Circle Line
Car body constructionWelded aluminium
Car length23.65 m (77 ft 7 18 in) (Mc)
22.8 m (74 ft 9 58 in) (T)
Width3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Height3.7 m (12 ft 1 58 in)
Doors1,450 mm (57 116 in), 8 per car
Maximum speed90 km/h (56 mph) (design)
78 km/h (48 mph) (service)
Traction systemIGBTVVVF
(Shanghai Alstom Electrical Equipment OPTONIX)[2]
Power output1.66 MW (2,230 hp)
Acceleration1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2)
Deceleration1.3 m/s2 (4.3 ft/s2) (Emergency)
Electric system(s)750 V DC third rail
Current collection methodCollector shoe
Braking system(s)Regenerative Braking, Air Brakes
Safety system(s)Alstom URBALIS 300 Moving Block CBTC ATC with subsystems of ATO GOA 4 (UTO), ATP, Iconis ATS and Smartlock CBI
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Alstom Metropolis C830C, together with the Alstom Metropolis C751C are the third generation of communication-based train control (CBTC) rolling stock to be used in Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines. 24 trainsets of 3 cars were manufactured by Shanghai Alstom Transport Co Ltd (a joint venture between Alstom and Shanghai Electric),[1][3] with deliveries from end June 2014.[3]


The tender for trains under the contract 830C was opened together with another contract C751C for an additional 18 North East Line trains which closed on 18 July 2011 with 5 bids. The Land Transport Authority has shortlisted all of them and the tender results was published on 1 February 2012.[4][5]

S/N Name of tenderer Amount ($S)[5]
1 Alstom Transport S.A. – Alstom Transport (S) Pte Ltd Consortium 134,000,000.00[6] (Base Tender 1 - Offered in mixed currencies, and hence the differences of amount shown in the tender document.[4])
2 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. / Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) Pte Ltd & CSR Qingdao Sifang Consortium 198,321,046.16 (Base Tender 1)
3 Hyundai Rotem 149,121,600.00 (Base Tender 1)
4 Construcciones Y Auxilliar De Ferrocarriles, S. A. 115,576,832.68 (Base Tender 1)
5 CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd. 121,842,307.69 (Base Tender 1)


The body shell is identical to its predecessor, the C830, with slight differences such as a larger SMRT logo up front and a different interior. The reserved seats are coloured red to distinguish them from normal seats. Navy blue and yellow coloured seats are installed in the driving motor cars (end carriages) while the seats in the middle car are khaki.[7] The train is equipped with a propulsion system that is louder than its predecessor and is identical the one found on the Amsterdam Metro M5 Series.

Other changes include the inner layer of the doors finished in Bluish-Grey, a new Visual Passenger Information System, similar to the C951, located above the doors and a new gangway design similar to the C751C.

The headlights on C830Cs are also much brighter than those on the C830s.

Driverless operation[edit]

The C830C is fully driverless under normal circumstances, using CBTC which do not require traditional "fixed-block track circuits" for determining train position. Instead, they rely on "continuous two-way digital communication" between each controlled train and a wayside control center, which may control an area of a railroad line, a complete line, or a group of lines. Recent studies consistently show that CBTC systems reduce life-cycle costs for the overall rail property and enhance operational flexibility and control.[8]

Operational issues[edit]

Trainset 846 suffered from a faulty signalling hardware, resulting in intermittent signaling issues which caused widespread disruptions to the Circle MRT Line for a week in both August and November 2016.[9]

Train Formation[edit]

The configuration of a C830C in revenue service is Mc1-T-Mc2

Cars of C830C
car type Control Cab Motor Collector Shoe car length Wheelchair Bay
mm ft in
Mc1 23,650 77 ft 7.1 in
Mc2 23,650 77 ft 7.1 in
T 22,800 74 ft 9.6 in

The car numbers of the trains range from 841x to 864x, where x depends on the carriage type. Individual cars are assigned a 4 digit serial number. A complete three-car trainset consists of one trailer (T) and two driving motor cars (Mc1 & Mc2) permanently coupled together. For example, set 864 consists of carriages 8641, 8642, 8643.

  • The first digit is always an 8.
  • The second digit and third digit identifies the set number
  • The fourth digit identifies the car number, where the first car has a 1, the second has a 2 & the third has a 3.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Driverless trains delivered to Singapore". Railway Gazette. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Alstom to supply 34 Metropolis trains and signalling upgrade to Singapore metro". French Chamber Singapore. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Alstom delivers the first two metros built in Asia for LTA in Singapore". 23 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b TENDER INFORMATION - Land Transport Authority, 1 Feb 2012
  5. ^ a b CONTRACT 751C & 830C - Land Transport Authority
  6. ^ "LTA and SMRT Award Contracts for New Trains". Land Transport Authority. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Alstom Metropolis C830C". SGTrains. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  8. ^ "Urbalis control system". Archived from the original on 2014-08-05.
  9. ^ Tan, Christopher (11 November 2016). "Mystery of Circle Line's signalling woes solved, train with faulty signalling hardware to blame: LTA". Straits Times. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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