ERA Daily Research - 3 September

735 travellers from Germany, 20 from Brunei tap Singapore's vaccinated travel lane scheme

The Straits Times, 2 Sep 2021, Thu 4:40 pm

By Toh Ting Wei

About 750 people received approval to enter Singapore under a new scheme for vaccinated travellers, on the first day after applications opened.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that as at 11.59pm on Wednesday (Sept 1), 735 travellers from Germany - comprising 301 short-term visitors and 434 long-term pass holders - received travel passes via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Similarly, 20 travellers from Brunei have been cleared - comprising 18 short-term visitors and two long-term pass holders.

These travellers applied to travel to Singapore between next Wednesday and Oct 7.

The first VTL flight from Germany will arrive next Wednesday, while the first such flight from Brunei will arrive next Thursday.

The VTL scheme will allow fully vaccinated travellers, including tourists, to fly into Singapore from Germany and Brunei without quarantine.

They will instead take several Covid-19 tests and fly on designated flights, among other precautions.

Singapore has also updated its travel advisory to allow for travel to these countries.

Brunei has remained shut off to leisure travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Germany had earlier unilaterally opened its borders to Singapore.

This means that fully vaccinated Singapore residents will be able to travel to Germany on any flight and return on designated VTL flights from Wednesday, to enjoy leisure travel without quarantine.

Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents do not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to enter Singapore under the new scheme.

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Consortium wins S$180m contract to renew rail communications system

The Business Times, 3 Sep 2021, Fri 5:50 am

By Claudia Tan

A S$180 million contract for the renewal and modernisation of the communications system for Singapore's MRT and LRT lines has been awarded to a consortium of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering and transport solutions company Siemens Mobility.

The renewal programme will see a replacement and upgrade of existing communications systems on the North South and East West Lines, as well as the selected stations along the Bukit Panjang LRT line - the first of its scale since the lines commenced operations more than 20 years ago, the companies announced in a joint press statement on Thursday.

The upgrading and renewal works will span over 75 locations comprising stations, interchanges, on-line substations, depots and control centres.

Once fully operational in 2029, the new communications system will further improve safety, reliability and efficiency for the rail operator, contributing to improved commuter travel experience, said the companies.

Chew Men Leong, president of urban solutions at ST Engineering said in a statement that together with Siemens Mobility, they provide deep technical and domain expertise to ensure zero disruption while deploying the new communications systems to the existing systems and train services.

"This win is testament to our smart metro capabilities, and further strengthens our global track record in helping rail operators leverage advanced technology to solve their mobility challenges," he added.

Michel Obadia, chief executive officer of Siemens Mobility Asia-Pacific said: "Our joint team leverages the proven expertise and track records in communications systems to deliver a highly reliable solution for the iconic North-South and East-West Lines and the Bukit Panjang LRT."

Shares of ST Engineering ended Thursday at S$3.80, down S$0.02 or 0.5 per cent.


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