Bombardier-CRRC awarded first monorail contract in China

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS) has been awarded a 1.785 billion CNY (€229 million) contract to construct a monorail system in Wuhu City, Anhui – the first monorail contract for the joint venture in China.

The order is to provide the Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 platform, along with a total of 240 cars.

Bombardier owns 50 per cent of the shares in PBTS alongside CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

Planned to open in 2020, the automated 24-station, 30.3km Line 1 and the 12-station, 16.5km Line 2 Phase One, will be the first of two monorail lines in Wuhu.

PBTS’ scope under this contract will comprise the design, supply and Line 1 installation with 28, six-car trains and Line 2 Phase One installation with 18, four-car trains.

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Bombardier China president Jianwei Zhang said: “We are very proud to have been selected by Wuhu city to provide our first, and the most modern monorail system in China.

“Medium capacity monorails are a highly-efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to metros and Bombardier’s experience, having delivered monorail technology for over 20 years including operating and maintaining these systems, was the core reason why Wuhu city chose our joint venture.

“This choice will ensure that Wuhu gets a reliable and green transportation system that better serves its passengers.

“We are confident that the monorail will become an icon for Wuhu city and we will see more Bombardier Monorail systems in other Chinese cities in the future.”

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