Bombardier’s Chinese joint venture enters the China monorail market
The joint venture between Bombardier Transportation and the Chinese CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC) has been awarded its first monorail contract in China…
Bombardier Transportation announced that the CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS), a joint venture between Bombardier Transportation and the Chinese CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC), received an order to provide the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 platform, along with a total of 240 cars to Wuhu City in Anhui Province. The total contract is valued at approximately €229 million.
Bombardier contributed to Chinese urban mass transit industry by providing green transportation systems with cutting edge technology. Scheduled to open in 2020, the new 24-station, 30.3km Line 1 and the 12-station, 16.5km Line 2 Phase One, will be the first two monorail lines in Wuhu and will form the rail transportation backbone in the city. PBTS will comprise the design and supply of Line 1’s installation with 28, six-car trains and Line 2’s Phase One installation with 18, four-car trains.
Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China said, “We are very proud to have been selected by Wuhu city to provide our first, and the most modern, monorail system in China. Medium capacity monorails are a highly-efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to metros. This choice will ensure that Wuhu gets a reliable and green transportation system that better serves its passengers and will become an icon for Wuhu city.”
The INNOVIA Monorail 300 system is the latest evolution in medium capacity monorail technology. The combination of lightweight car-body design and other advanced system technologies results in substantial energy savings compared to other monorail and metro technologies. The INNOVIA Monorail 300 also brings futuristic aesthetics, spacious interiors and a smooth ride for passengers. Its inter-car walk through provides free passenger flow and enhances passenger safety, and its flexible seating arrangements permit optimisation of the system to suit customer specific requirements. Fully automated driverless operation also allows for a frequent, safe and reliable service, attracting more passengers and generating more revenue.