Consortium awarded US$1bn Mexico rail project

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A consortium led by Spanish engineering firm CAF won the main tender for the Mexico City-Toluca railway.

The 13.6bn-peso (US$993mn) contract involves the provision of trains, rail and communication infrastructure, ticketing facilities and associated services.

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The transport and communications ministry (SCT) awarded the contract, for which CAF and partners Construcciones Ferrovías y Subsistemas, Thales, Corsan-Corvian Construcción, Isolux and Construcciones Urales had presented the lowest bid.

A consortium formed by Alstom, OHL subsidiary Constructora de Proyectos Viales de México and Indra Sistemas de México also bid on the project, as did a group comprising Bombardier Transportation México and Sacyr Construcción de México

The contract is the rail project's largest.

In recent months a 10.1bn-peso civil works contract for the Zinacantepec-Marquesa stretch was awarded, as was a 2.86bn-peso contract to build a tunnel.

In December a contract to carry out civil works on the Santa Fe-Observatorio section of the project is due to be awarded.

The Mexico City-Toluca passenger train line will extend 57.7km and require total investment of around 38bn pesos.