Contract approved to replace Taiwan high-speed train fleet
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. has approved a NT$28 billion contract for a consortium of Hitachi and Toshiba to supply 12 N700S high-speed trains to replace the 700Ts, which have been in use since the line opened in 2007. This was reported by Railway Supply magazine, quoting Railway Gazette.
THSRC is seeking to order new trains from 2019 to meet demand and reduce maintenance. Two previous tenders were cancelled after bids were significantly higher than expected. Although the line is based on Japanese technology, local media reported that THSRC was considering buying trains from outside Japan.
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A third tender was announced in March 2022 and several manufacturers were invited to participate in the negotiations, which resulted in the council approving a contract with Hitachi and Toshiba on 15 March. The delivery date is still being finalised.
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