Luanda surface light rail system will cost US$3.5 billion

6 November 2019

The estimated cost of Luanda’s light rail system, construction of which begins in 2020, is US$3.5 billion, Transport Minister Ricardo de Abreu said on Tuesday.

The metro, which will be 149 kilometres long, is among the Angolan government’s priorities for improved mobility and to reduce congestion in Luanda, the minister said, adding that it will cover the main routes in the city, according to Angolan state news agency Angop.

Speaking on the Angolan Public Television programme “Grande Entrevista” Ricardo de Abreu said that the feasibility study for the metro had already been prepared and said that this work will be carried out under a public-private partnership, “whose terms are very clear but whose model is still in the approval phase.”

During the interview, Abreu made talked about the country’s airports and ports, noting that what the new Luanda international airport currently has no scheduled conclusion, as it needs corrections because defects were detected in the construction.

He also said that an idea had been put forward to refurbish the 4 de Fevereiro Airport, which currently serves the city of Luanda, and revealed that there were already partners interested in its recovery. (Macauhub)