Construction of light railway begins in Macau

22 February 2012

Macau, China, 22 Feb – Construction work on the Macau light railway began Tuesday with the launch of the segment on Taipa island and it is expected to take three years for the first carriages to start operating.

The coordinator of the Transport Infrastructure Office (GIT), Lei Chan Tong, promised that supervision work would be properly carried our and asked for patience from residents about the road traffic jams that would inevitably occur.

The Taipa Island segment, which is 1.94 kilometres long, will have four stations, and is estimated to cost 489 million patacas (US$61 million) and its construction will take three years.

The first phase of the public works project, which includes 21 stations linking Macau, Taipa and Cotai (Coloane/Taipa) over 20 kilometres, had its budget reviewed last year to 11 billion patacas (US$1.375 billion).

The Macau light railway will have carriages with no driver, with an initial capacity of 7,800 passengers per hour in each direction, which could rise to 14,000 passengers, and the trains and systems will be supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. (macauhub)