Macau, China, 4 March – Work to build the Macau light railway is due to begin soon following the Macau government signing a contract Thursday with Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Under the terms of the contract, with an awarded cost of 4.6 billion patacas (US$575 million), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will have 47 months to supply trains and systems for the first phase of the Macau light railway.
The Japanese company will have to carry out the turnkey design and build contract for work to refurbish the Sai Van Bridge, which links the Macau peninsula to Taipa Island, with a view to installing the light railway system, which will then go into an experimental phase for two months. It is expected to be in operation within 49 months, or around four years.
Mitsubishi will begin the prerequisite projects on the design of the train and the interior of the carriages, in order to be able to present the model of the carriage to the public at the beginning of 2012.
The light railway train will have two carriages, without a driver, similarly to the systems used in Singapore, South Korea and in airports in the United States and Hong Kong and will have an initial capacity of 7,800 passengers per hour in each direction, which could increase to 14,000 passengers.
The government expects to launch the first phase of work on the light railway in mid 2011 on Taipa Island, where it will have 11 stations, and later on the Macau peninsula, where it will have 10 stations. (macauhub)