New metro line for Mexico City

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Alstom and partners ICA and CICSA have signed a €1.1bn contract with the Transport Secretariat of Mexico City to construct a new line for the capital's metro system.

Alstom will be responsible for supplying and installing all the electromechanical equipment on Line 12, whilst ICA and CICSA will be in charge of the civil engineering works.

Alstom will supply the electrification, substations, operations control centre and signalling, telecommunications and ticketing systems. It will also be responsible for system performance and testing with rolling stock. The rolling stock will be the subject of a separate tender.

The launch of the civil engineering works is slated for mid-July 2008 and the project is expected to be finished by late 2011.

The metro network of Mexico City is one of the largest in the world, with 4.5 million daily trips. It has 11 lines covering over 200km of rail.

Line 12 will be 24km in length, serve 22 stations and link the districts of Tlahuac and Mixcoac, in the southern area of the city.