Urumqi Urban Rail Group awarded CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive a contract in 2015 to supply 27 six-car trains for the 27.6km Line 1, which will link Urumqi Diwopu International Airport to the north of the city with Santunbei in the south. Line 1 is due to open in 2019, while the 19km Line 2 is due to be completed in 2020.

Plans for the second phase of the network were approved by China’s National Reform and Development Commission last month.