CHINA: Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co has invited three operators to bid for the metro Line 16 PPP concession. Civil works will be funded by the state, with the concessionaire required to invest 15bn yuan in the E&M systems and operate and maintain the line for 30 years.

Two of the three prequalified bidders, Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp and Beijing MTR Corp, already operate metro lines in the capital. The third is a consortium of Thai BTS Group and Chinese Citic Construction.

The north-south route linking Beianhe to Wanping is scheduled to open in 2018.

  • Four metro lines are due to open in Beijing this year, adding 62 route-km. These are Line 6 Phase 2, Line 7, the eastern section of Line 14 and the western section of Line 15.