Work on Macau light railway to start at beginning of 2011

9 August 2010

Macau, China, 9 Aug – Construction of the future Macau light railway is due to begin at the start of 2011 the director of the Bureau for Transport Infrastructure (GIT) said Saturday during a public debate forum on the Macau transport system.

Lei Chan Tong said that the project was being implemented according to schedule and that work would begin in the first few months of next year.

The Macau Post Daily reported Monday that the winner of the public tender for construction of the light railway was due to be announced in the final quarter of this year.

The following companies competed to supply the system and materials for the first phase of the light railway: the Siemens-China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) consortium, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. And the Bombardier Transportation- China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and Light Rail Train joint venture.

The paper, which cited GIT sources, also said that the first phase of the project would be concluded in 2014 as scheduled.

The cost of the first phase is estimated at 7.5 billion patacas (US$940 million).

According to the MacauNews news agency the first phase of the light railway will be 21 kilometres long and have 21 stations, making it possible to carry 14,200 people per hour in each direction between Macau and Taipa island. ( macauhub)