Metro Express (Mauritius)
Mock-up of an Urbos 100-3
|Website||Mauritius Metro Express|
|Planned opening||September 2019 (Phase 1) |
September 2021 (Phase 2)
|Operator(s)||Metro Express Ltd|
|Line length||26 km (16 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||35-80 km/h|
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.
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.
Some old railway tracks have been uncovered during construction in Rose Hill and may be used as exhibits for a Railway Museum.
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.
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.
- Mauritius Metro
- CAF, FOURNISSEUR DE 18 TRAMWAYS URBOS POUR LA SOCIÉTÉ LARSEN & TOUBRO ET LE PROJET MAURICE METRO EXPRESS
- Metro Express project to the tune of Rs 18.8 billion to kick-start in September 2017