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China to export light-rail trains to Turkey

Light-rail trains manufactured by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co.

China is exporting light-rail trains to Turkey, while recalling bullet trains (pictured) due to safety concerns.
China is exporting light-rail trains to Turkey, while recalling bullet trains (pictured) due to safety concerns.

Chinese railway authorities have announced it will soon be sending the first shipment of domestically-produced light-rail trains to Turkey.

The light-rail trains, manufactured by China's CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Company, rolled out of the assembly lines this week. They will be transported for service to Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, state-run People's Daily reported.

GM Xu Zongxiang said the trains were designed according to the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS), an internationally-recognised standard for the construction of trains and signalling equipment.

Meanwhile, China's second-largest train manufacturer is to recall 54 bullet trains used on the new showcase Beijing-Shanghai line due to safety concerns.

The recall of the trains by China CNR Corp. Ltd. comes three weeks after 40 people were killed in a high-speed rail crash, which triggered a freeze on approvals for new railway projects.

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