China’s CSR has won four train orders worth RMB3.3bn ($524m), including an order to supply trains to the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR).
The contract also includes a RMB1.36bn ($215.77m) order from Hong Kong based MTR to supply high-speed trains for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link, which is expected to be operational in 2015.
Each train will be based on CSR’s CRH380A model and customised according to MTR requirements, with eight compartments and the capacity to run at a maximum of 380km/h.
CSR said that the contract from MTR marks the first time the Chinese mainland will deliver its high-speed trains to Hong Kong.
Other contracts include the sale of metro trains to the eastern city of Wuxi and an order for freight cars for a domestic port company.
CSR Zhuzhou had won a RMB850m ($134.8m) contract to supply 23 six-car Type B trains for the first metro line in Wuxi, China. The north-south metro Line 1 in Wuxi will be 30.5km long with 25 stations.
Each train will be able carry up to 1846 passengers and the first train is expected to be delivered in March 2013, while the last is scheduled for delivery in June 2014.
The trial operation on the line is expected to start in June 2014, while Wuxi plans to build a five-line network totalling 157.7km with 111 stations.
Earlier this month CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, a CSR subsidiary, had secured a contract to supply 20 light rail vehicles to Malaysia’s AMPANG (AMG) line extension project.
Image: The under construction Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link is expected to be operational in 2015. Photo: courtesy of Alancrh.