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Mauritius light rail goes ahead

The government of the Republic of Mauritius has selected a partnership formed by Indian construction company Afcons Infrastructure and Spanish.

The government of the Republic of Mauritius has selected a partnership formed by Indian construction company Afcons Infrastructure and Spanish.

rolling stock manufacturer CAF to build a 25km (15.5-mile) light rail line linking Victoria Station in the capital St Louis and the residential district of Curepipe. Much of the surface route will use former railway alignment closed in 1964.

The contract is worth USD786M (backed by an Indian government loan), and with work starting at the end of this year, the line should open in October 2018; 31 LRVs will be required to provide the service.

The scheme is designed to provide an efficient and quality public transport link offering motorists an alternative to the increasing traffic congestion in the corridor. There will be five park-and-ride sites along the route.