The eight-car sets will be a development of the 380km/h CRH380A, 40 of which have been supplied to China's Ministry of Railways (MOR), and will be delivered in time for the opening of the 26km Hong Kong section of the ERL in 2015. The new trains will be used on high-speed shuttle services to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, which will require a total of 18 trains. MTR will operate the shuttles in a joint venture with a Chinese partner, which will provide the remaining nine trains. Long-distance services on the 142km ERL will be operated by MOR.

• Hollysys has secured a $US 63.2m contract with MTR to design, supply and install signalling and train control systems on the Hong Kong section of the ERL.