CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, China, will supply 14 new eight-car trains for the line in a deal worth $HK 1.14bn ($US 150m). The trains will be delivered to Hong Kong for testing and commissioning in 2017 and MTR says the whole fleet will be in operation by 2018.

A Japanese consortium of Itochu, Kinki Sharyo and Kawasaki has been awarded a $HK 1.18bn contract to supply 36 new cars and upgrade 348 existing vehicles, which are used on the West Rail, East Rail and Ma On Shan lines.

MTR awarded a contract to Hyundai-Rotem in 2012 for 37 nine-car trains for the North – South Corridor of the SCL at the end of 2012. These trains will be delivered between 2015 and 2020.

The $HK6.9bn SCL comprises two sections of new railway: the 11km six-station north-south line between Tai Wai and Hung Hom in Kowloon, which is due to be completed in 2018, and a 6km, four-station extension of the East Rail Line between Hung Hom and Admiralty on Hong Kong Island, which will open in 2020. This will create a 57km east-west rail corridor linking Wu Kai Sha with Tuen Mun.