A FIRM ORDER for a further 52 Advanced Rapid Transit Mk II light metro cars for the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur was announced by Bombardier and its local partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd on October 8.

Following from an €87m electrical and mechanical upgrade contract announced on August 30, the rolling stock order is an option under a €167m contract for 88 of the cars which was awarded by Malaysian state infrastructure holding company Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad in October 2006.

The latest order is worth €71m, with Bombardier's share valued at around €49m. The trains will be manufactured by Bombardier in North America, with final assembly undertaken in Malaysia by Hartasuma. Delivery of the first cars from this option is expected in 2010.

Built by a Bombardier-led consortium that included Bombardier and SNC Lavalin, Kuala Lumpur's driverless linear-motored metro opened in 1998 under the name Putra. It currently has a fleet of 70 of the ART Mk II vehicles operating on a 29 km route.