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October 16, 2014

Chinese consortium submits sole bid for Mexican rail project

Mexico's Transport and Communications Ministry has announced that a Chinese consortium has submitted the only bid for a high-speed passenger train project between Mexico City and Queretaro.

By Samseer M

Mexico’s Transport and Communications Ministry has announced that a Chinese consortium has submitted the only bid for a high-speed passenger train project between Mexico City and Queretaro.

Reuters reported that the consortium, including China Railway Construction Corporation and CSR Corporation, is the only firm that submitted the bid for this tender to design, build, operate and maintain a 210km-long high-speed line.

However, according to a ministry spokesman, it is not confirmed whether the consortium is the preferred bidder and the tender process may start again if the venture doesn’t meet the requirements.

"The tender process may start again if the venture doesn’t meet the requirements."

The construction of the Mexico City-Queretaro route is expected to cost more than $3bn and both public and private funds will be used for the project.

The line will be capable of running up to 300km/h and expected to serve 23,000 passengers on daily basis.

Once completed, the trains will service between Mexico City and Queretaro with a travel time of one hour.

Along with this, the Mexican Government has plans for two other projects such as the construction of a line linking Mexico City with Toluca, in addition to a rail track to Yucatan.

Leading train manufacturers, including Bombardier and Siemens, had previously shown interest in the project.

According to the officials, the project is expected to produce 20,000 direct jobs and take 18,000 passenger cars off the road.

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