Mauritius will be endowed with a state-of-the-art transport system, the Metro Express, which will be the spine of the smart society that we are shaping to propel the country into the league of high-income economies.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday at the rails laying ceremony of the First Rails of the Metro Express Project at Richelieu Depot. The Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, the Chief Executive Officer of Metro Express Limited, Dr Das Mootanah, and other eminent personalities, were present.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the Richelieu Depot will be the nerve centre of the light rail mass transit transport system which is being implemented in Mauritius. He expressed satisfaction that the project implementation is on schedule.

Moreover, Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored that construction works of such magnitude may obviously cause some inconvenience to the public, and, in this regard called for the understanding and collaboration of all citizens until the works of the Metro Express Project are completed.

Metre Express Rail Tracks

The Metro Express Project’s requirements include three types of rail tracks for its 26 kilometres track alignment connecting Port Louis to Curepipe. They comprise 32.9 Track kilometres of ballasted track; 13.3 Track kilometres of embedded track; and 8.6 Track kilometres of plinth track.

The rails are imported from prominent manufacturers in the rails industry in Russia, France and Austria. The total number of rails received as at date amounts to 4 340, of which 2 770 will be used for Rose Hill – Port Louis track. Some 6 000 rails, each of 18 metres in length and weighing 950 kilogrammes, are required to complete the 26 kilometres track between Port Louis and Curepipe, including the Depot.

Rails laying for the track between Rose Hill and Port Louis are expected to be completed in September 2019.

Source: Government of Mauritius