TURKEY: Hyundai Rotem announced on December 5 that it had signed a 156·5bn won contract to supply rolling stock for two Istanbul metro lines.

Hyundai Rotem is to supply 10 four-car driverless trainsets for Line M8, which is being built between Bostancı and Dudullu on the Asian side of the city. The 14·3 km route will serve 13 stations and have a design capacity of 45 000 passengers/h per direction.

The M8 trains will be 86·3 m long and 2 900 mm wide, with capacity for 1 081 passengers. They will have a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

The same contract also covers 20 four-car sets for the western extension of Line M7. Earlier this year construction work started on the 18·5 km western section of the driverless line between Mahmutbey to Esenyurt, serving 10 stations. Hyundai Rotem is supplying 75 four-car trainsets for the 24·5 km first section between Mahmutbey and Kabataş, now under construction.

The trainsets for the M7 extension will be 90 m long and 3 100 mm wide, with capacity for 1 205 passengers. Their maximum speed will be 80 km/h.

The South Korean manufacturer will assemble the trains at its plant in Adzapari, which is operated by the Eurotem joint venture that also includes Turkish company Tüvasaş. The rolling stock will have 50% local content.