CHINA: CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co announced on March 21 that it had been selected to supply high speed trainsets for the 146 km Express Rail Link which will connect Hong Kong with Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

The contract is still to be signed, but will cover nine eight-car trainsets with a top speed of 350 km/h based on the CRH380A design.

The first 102 km section of the Express Rail Link between Guangzhou South and Shenzhen North opened on December 26 2011. The section to the internal border with Hong Kong and the 26 km section within the Special Administrative Region is now under construction with opening scheduled for 2015. The Hong Kong section of the line will be completely in tunnel, with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.