TURKEY: On July 10 Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF signed a €123m contract to supply 22 three-car EMUs which will enter service on suburban routes in Izmir from early 2010.

The order was placed by IZBAN, a joint venture of state railway TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.

The 25 kV units will have stainless steel body shells and a maximum capacity of 740 passengers. Onboard facilities will include passenger information systems, video entertainment and CCTV.

The suburban train order is the CAF's third project in Turkey in recent years, bringing its total orders in the country to more than €400m. In 2005 the Spanish firm won an order to supply of 10 inter-city trains for the Ankara - Istanbul line, which was followed with an order for a further two trainsets at the end of 2007.

In mid-2007 the city of Antalya awarded a joint venture of CAF and Turkish firm ALARCO a €110m contract to build 11·1 km light rail line and supply 14 trams.