China Railway Corp (CRC) has ordered 18 new CRH1A-A high-speed trains from Bombardier’s Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang.
The contract is valued at US $284 million and includes 144 new train cars.
The Chengdu and Kunming Railway Bureau will operate the new 250 km/h trains within the ‘Diamond Economic Circle’ that links Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Guiyang and Kunming.
Jianwei Zhang, president of Bombardier China, said in a statement: “China is building the world’s most advanced high speed train network based upon state-of-the art technologies.
“In light of this market’s fierce competition, we are pleased that CRC has selected our high-speed technology to enhance the western China’s high speed rail network, connect cities and people there and help the new economic circle to reach a targeted GDP growth of 10 per cent in 2017.
“We look forward to leveraging our expertise and resources to maintain our long term relationships and success in this dynamic market.”
Bombardier Sifang is a 50/50 joint venture between Bombardier and CRRC Sifang.