Metro Express (Mauritius)

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Metro Express
Maquette d'une rame Urbos.jpg
Mock-up of an Urbos 100-3
Overview
SystemLight rail
StatusUnder construction
LocaleMauritius
TerminiPort Louis
Curepipe
Stations19
Services1
WebsiteMauritius Metro Express
Operation
Planned openingSeptember 2019 (Phase 1)
September 2021 (Phase 2)
Operator(s)Metro Express Ltd
Depot(s)Richelieu
Technical
Line length26 km (16 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead lines
Operating speed35-80 km/h[1]

The Metro Express is a light rail public transport system, currently under construction in Mauritius.

The planned route will run between the Port Louis District and Plaines Wilhems District.

History[edit]

Mauritius had been without a railway system following the closure of Mauritius Government Railways in the 1960s.

Due to increased car usage and chronic road congestion, plans for a light railway system have been proposed over many years.[2]

On July 31, 2017 in Ebene, the Government of Mauritius signed a contract for the creation of a light rail transit system.[3]

The project is led by the Indian company Larsen & Toubro, after winning a tender from the Government of Mauritius for 18.8 billion, of which ₨ 9.9 billion is being provided by a grant from Indian government.[4][5]

Construction[edit]

Phase 1 will link Port Louis to Rose Hill in September 2019. Phase 2 will extend to line from Rose Hill to Curepipe in September 2021.[6]

Some old railway tracks have been uncovered during construction in Rose Hill and may be used as exhibits for a Railway Museum.[7]

Rolling stock[edit]

On 26 July 2017, CAF announced that they had won a tender to provide 18 Urbos 100-3 worth over €100 million. The deal also includes providing the signalling system, automatic vehicle location system (AVLS), transit signal priority system (TSPS), depot equipment and a driving simulator.[8]

Opposition[edit]

The Metro Express has been criticised by many, especially as some people had to be expropriated because their land was on the route of the future line. Houses had to be destroyed. Trade unionists have also expressed their concern about the risk of job losses in the transport sector as the LRT system is implemented on one of the busiest routes of the island.[9]

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