ISRAEL: Project promoter NTA has selected China’s Changchun Railway Vehicles as preferred bidder to supply rolling stock for the future Tel Aviv light metro Red Line.

The contract would cover the supply and maintenance of 90 LRV cars with an option for 30 more. Further details are to be announced once the government approves the contract and an associated industrial co-operation agreement.

CAF has been selected as reserve bidder. Alstom had also been shortlisted for the contract.

The 23 km Red Line will link Petakh Tikva northeast of Tel Aviv with Bat Yam to the south, with around half the route underground. It is expected to open in 2021, and seven more lines are planned.

In May NTA has selected a 51:49 joint venture of China Railway Tunnel Group and local company Solel Boneh Infrastructure for a 3·1bn shekel design-build civil works contract covering 11 km of 5·5 m diameter twin tunnels and six underground stations.