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Hong Kong places largest-ever rolling stock contract

Hong Kong MTR Corp has awarded CRRC subsidiary CSR Qingdao Sifang the HKD6bn (EUR705m) contract for 93 eight-car metro trainsets to replace all first-generation trains on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines.

Hong Kong MTR Corp has awarded CRRC subsidiary CSR Qingdao Sifang the HKD6bn (EUR705m) contract for 93 eight-car metro trainsets to replace all first-generation trains on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines.

MTR will second staff to CSR Qingdao Sifang to monitor the manufacturing and assembly process, while retaining responsibility for additional costs relating to implementation of the rolling stock replacement programme.

The new trains will feature passenger improvements such as dynamic route mapping, double-branched handrails and soft material handstraps. Deliveries are to begin in 2018.

Announcing the largest rolling stock order in MTR history on 22 July, MTR Corp CEO Lincoln Leong said: “Originally, we had planned to replace 78 eight-car trains which have been in service for about 30 years. But in view of the competitive tenders received and after weighing the benefits of having a uniform fleet equipped with more up-to-date systems, we decided that it would be better value for money to exercise the option included in the tender to replace all 93 first-generation eight-car trains in one go.”