Trinidad awards contracts for new railway lines

A French consortium has been chosen to build two new railway lines on the island of Trinidad.

The Government of Trinidad & Tobago and the National Infrastructure Development Company selected the Trinitrain consortium, made up of Bouygues Construction, Alstom and RATP Développement, to design, build, operate and maintain an express train railway system in Trinidad.

The project includes the construction of two express train lines with a total length of 105km (including approx. 20km of viaducts) and around ten stations. One line will link the capital, Port of Spain, to the south of the island (San Fernando), while the other will cross the island from east to west, from Port of Spain to Sangre Grande.

During the first phase of the contract, worth US$70 million, the consortium will conduct preliminary design studies to finalise the route and the detailed specifications for the railway system selected. Following this pre-design phase - which is expected to last 20 months - the cost and scheduling of the project will be agreed with NIDCO.

Construction will then be managed by Bouygues Travaux Publics (a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction) for the civil engineering and Alstom Transport for the railway system and the supply of rolling stock over an estimated four-year period. RATP Développement will handle the operation and maintenance of the service for 15 years.

Trinitrain will draw on the support of international partners Covec (a subsidiary of China Railways Engineering Corporation), Daynco (a Trinidad and Tobago-based construction company) and the Canadian engineering consulting firm Dessau.

Image: Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital city

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