CRRC to supply metro cars to Iran

CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, a CRRC subsidiary, will supply this May, new rolling stock to an Iranian city. Currently, there is only one rail transit line, the 19-km Metro Line 1, being operated in Mashhad. Thus, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co will supply 100 metro cars for Metro Line 2 in Mashhad, the second-biggest city of Iran.

CRRC Changchun completed trial operations of the Mashhad metro line this February. The 100 metro cars will be comprised in five sets.

CRRC Changchun said that Metro Line 2 in Mashhad is just one aspect of the company’s business in the country. It already started to ship metro cars to Iran in 2016 after it signed a USD 1.39 billion contract to supply 1,008 metro cars to Tehran,  over a five-year period.

Iran plans to open 30 urban rail lines in nine cities over the next five years, with a total length of 350 kilometers. The demand for rail vehicles is expected to reach 2,000 subway cars.

The 14-km Metro Line 2 in Mashhad is scheduled to be operational in May, connecting the north and south of the city. There will be transfer stops between metro lines 1 and 2, expanding the city’s rail transport network.

Apart from the first three sets of metro cars shipped from China, the remainder will be manufactured in a joint venture formed by CRRC Changchun and a rail vehicle manufacturing company in Tehran, which was established in 2016.


Photo: MAPNA Group

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