The first batch of new vehicles is due to enter service in 2019, enabling the withdrawal of the Kawasaki Phase 2 vehicles, which date from 1992.

In addition to increased seating capacity, the new LRVs will feature LED interior lighting and improved handrail and strap hanger arrangements.

MTR plans to expand the LRV fleet to 150 vehicles by 2023.

The first phase of the light rail network opened in September 1988 and the system now serves 68 stations, carrying around 483,000 passengers a day.