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CHINA: Hong Kong MTR Corp has awarded CSR Qingdao Sifang a HK$6bn contract to supply 93 eight-car metro trainsets. These are intended to replace all the first-generation trains in operation on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines.
Announcing the contract order on July 22, MTR Corp CEO Lincoln Leong said it was the largest-ever order of new trains in MTR’s history. ‘Originally, we had planned to replace 78 eight-car trains which have been in service for about 30 years’, he said. ‘But in view of the competitive tenders received and after weighing the benefits of having a uniform train 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’.
The new trains will feature dynamic route maps, improved lighting, double-branched handrails and soft material hand straps.
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