Macau: Government launches tender for consultation on light railway

22 February 2008

Macau, China, 22 Feb – The Macau government has selected seven international companies to present proposals for consultation on the first phase of construction of the light railway that is due to be finished in 2011, officials said Thursday.

Extending over 20 kilometers, the light railway is expected to cost around 4.2 billion patacas (US$525 million).

The Bureau for Transport Infrastructure (GIT) of the Macau government selected European companies Consulgal, from Portugal, Egis Rail, from France, Movares Nederland B.V. from the Netherlands and France’s Setec.

GIT also invited the CPG Corporation of Singapore, MRT Corporation of Hong Kong and Lea+Elliot from the United States.

The seven companies are expected to present proposals by 25 April to prepare the plan of action for the public tender to build the light railway and which will support the government in managing the project.

The first phase of the Macau light railway will be built on an elevated platform and have 23 stations linking the Portas do Cerco area, the border with the Chinese mainland, and the Pac On area on Taipa island, near the Macau International Airport, passing through the city center.

The light railway will be driven automatically (no driver) and will have the capacity to transport a maximum of 152,000 passengers per day. (macauhub)