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French transport group Alstom has secured a €41m contract from Hong Kong metro network operator MTR Corporation to build, install, test and commission a 22km-long track.

The track will include 6km of depot and sidings, and a 25kV overhead line including the catenary system for the city’s new Shatin-Central Link.

Alstom will also extend the existing Ma On Shan Line from Tai Wai to the West Rail through East Kowloon to form the East-West Corridor of seven stations.

The latest metro infrastructure systems contract marks Alstom’s third in Hong Kong after the South Island Line (East) and Kwun Tong Line Extension contracts in 2012.

The company has also partnered with MTR on signalling systems, train renovations and other services.

"This great success further reinforces Alstom’s position."

Alstom Transport Asia Pacific and China president Dominique Pouliquen said: "We are very excited to contribute to Hong Kong’s efforts in expanding its metro network.

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"This great success further reinforces Alstom’s position in the city’s metro market and demonstrates our long-term partnership with MTR."

It is expected that over one million passenger trips will be made daily on the Shatin-Central Link in 2021. The link will connect several existing railway lines to form two strategic railway corridors, called the East West and the North South corridors.

The contract is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Alstom has supplied about 1,100 metro cars to Hong Kong city, as well as signalling systems to seven metro lines.

Image: More than one million passenger trips will be made daily on the Shatin-Central Link in 2021. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.