Construction of Macau light railway due to begin in summer of 2010

9 September 2009

Macau, China, 9 Sept – Construction of the two main lines of the Macau light railway is scheduled to begin in June of next year the director of the Bureau for Transport Infrastructure (GIT) said Tuesday.

Lei Chan Tong also said that this year the public tender to acquire the carriages and control system would be launched.

The director of the GIT also said that construction of the two lines was likely to begin in July 2010 on Taipa island.

Le Chan Tong was speaking, according to news agency Macaunews, during the ceremony for the start of work on a number of facilities related to the light railway project, which will be located next to Macau’s airport, on Taipa.

The light railway will link the Macau peninsula, from the border with China, to Taipa over a 20 kilometre routes with 23 stations.

The light railway will cost 4.2 billion patacas (US$530 million) and is expected to start operating in 2011.

According to the GIT the light railway will operate for 19 hours per day and have the capacity to transport 8,000 passengers per hour in each direction. (macauhub)