Joint venture CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS) has started the first INNOVIA automated people mover (APM) vehicle assembling for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

In 2017, a consortium between PBTS and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen secured the contract from Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) to supply a Bombardier INNOVIA automated people mover (APM) 300 system.

The companies will provide a 2.6km, three-guideway airside integrated APM system for the Third Runway Concourse (TRC) Line, which links HKIA TRC and Terminal 2.

Bombardier Transportation China president Jianwei Zhang said: “We sincerely thank Hong Kong’s Airport Authority for their trust, support and encouragement, we appreciate PBTS team’s hard work and excellent performance.

“We are determined, as always, to live up to our customers’ expectations, and we continue to work hard to deliver these state-of-the-art products at a high-quality, within budget and on time despite the challenges presented by Covid-19.”

The new APM vehicle will feature Bombardier’s INNOVIA APM 300 rubber-tired rail transit system technology.

The six-car train will offer three operation modes: the early, short and long-term.

During the project, Bombardier Transportation will design and supply vehicles, communications, signalling, traction power supply, track switches, platform screen doors and more.

It will also construct a walking surface and guide beam, as well as undertake all electromechanical equipment installation and system integration.

In November 2020, the team completed the design phase and got approval for the first statutory car body welding.

Furthermore, civil work and wayside are taking place on schedule.

The company stated that the Hong Kong Airport Third Runway System Project is a major infrastructure undertaking, which will boost the Hong Kong’s economic development.

Once built, the Third Runway New APM Line will enhance passenger travelling efficiency, equipping the airport to handle around 30 million additional passengers.