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December 17, 2012

MTR orders new trains and signalling system for Shatin to Central Link in Hong Kong

MTR has placed orders for 37 new trains and a new signalling system for the future operation of the new North-South Corridor of Hong Kong's Shatin to Central Link (SCL) rail project.

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MTR has placed orders for 37 new trains and a new signalling system for the future operation of the new North-South Corridor of Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) rail project.

To be completed in two phases, the North-South Corridor will extend the existing East Rail Line across the harbour to Wan Chai North and Admiralty.

An order for new trains worth HKD4bn ($516m) was awarded to Hyundai Rotem, which includes the design, supply, manufacture, testing and commissioning of 37 new nine-car trains that are being designed and manufactured in South Korea.

The first train is expected to be delivered to MTR for testing in 2015, while the entire fleet is scheduled to be in operation by 2020.

The second contract worth HKD850m ($110m) was awarded to Siemens to replace the signalling system of the East Rail Line with improved features in parallel with the operation of the SCL North-South Corridor.

MTR chief executive officer Jay Walder said that the two contracts will help in improving train service along the East Rail Line and its future extension across the harbour.

"The North-South Corridor will extend the existing East Rail Line across the harbour to Wan Chai North and Admiralty."

"Passengers can not only enjoy a better train service, but will also have easier access to various districts via a more sophisticated railway network," Walder said.

Hyundai’s new trains will be equipped with improved features, including LED interior lighting and 27in liquid crystal display passenger information systems.

The 17km SCL project will have ten stations, of which six will be interchange stations.

The first section between Tai Wai and Hung Hom is expected to be completed in 2018, with the Hung Hom to Admiralty Section finished in 2020.

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