At the beginning of September the municipality of Hiroshima announced it was buying four Combino low-floor LRVs, with an option for eight more. Due for delivery in the spring of 1999, they will be supplied by Siemens in conjunction with local firm Alna Koki.

The 30·5m long bi-directional cars, 2 450 mm wide, will carry 46 seated and 139 standing passengers. They will have a Bo’2’Bo wheel arrangement and four 100 kW motors, with a floor height of just 330mm above rail. o