ROLLING STOCK for the Hong Kong MTR extension to Tseung Kwan O is to be supplied by a consortium of Mitsubishi Electric of Japan and Hyundai Precision & Industry Co of South Korea. Contracts worth ´16bn were signed on November 12 by MTR Corp’s Project Director Russell Black, Hyundai Executive Vice-President S K Nam and Mitsubishi General Manager N Tanaka.

The first stock that MTR has ordered from Asian firms will comprise 13 eight-car sets, equipped for automatic train operation. Top speed will be 80 km/h, in line with the existing fleet. Delivery is due between the third quarter of 2001 and mid-2002, ready for opening of the 12·5 km extension at the end of that year.

MTR Corp announced on December 5 that it had awarded the first civil engineering contract for the Tsueng Kwan O line. A joint venture of Dumez GTM and Chun Wo will bore tunnels under Black Hill to carry four tracks between Yau Tong and Tiu Keng Leng stations, with associated ventilation and cable shafts and site formation work for the Yau Tong ventilation buildings.