Taoyuan Metro awards rolling stock deal to Hyundai Rotem

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Line A of the Taoyuan Metro, which opened in 2017, features metro trains build by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Photo: Cheng-en Cheng.
Line A of the Taoyuan Metro, which opened in 2017, features metro trains build by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Photo: Cheng-en Cheng.

Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a contract to deliver 80 driverless metro cars for the Taoyuan Metro in Taiwan.

Worth 542.4 billion won (∼£368.2 million), the deal also includes the supply of communication and control systems.

The vehicles will be produced in Changwon, South Korea, and enter service on the Green line, connecting Taoyuan to Taoyuan International Airport when it opens as expected in 2025.

They will reach speeds of up to 80km/h and feature an automatic fire extinguishing system and a system that will alert a seated passenger if a pregnant woman, carrying a keyring transmitter, approaches, to encourage them to give up their sear.


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The contract win marks the second for the train maker this year. In June, government agency the Taiwan Railway Authority placed a 909.8 billion won (∼$850 million) order with Hyundai Rotem for 52 EMUs.

A spokesperson for the Korean company said: “Following the 520 orders from the railway station, we have succeeded in winning additional projects in Taiwan and we have secured our position in the local market.

“We will deliver high-quality vehicles and facilities that satisfy the implementation office and customers.”


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