MEXICO: The federal Secretariat of Transport & Communications has awarded a consortium led by Sacyr of Spain, also including Mota-Engil of Portugal and two Mexican companies, a €156m contract for civil works on the first section of light rail Line 3 in Guadalajara.

Covering the 87 km section between Zapopan and Federalismo, the contract includes the construction of seven elevated stations. Work is expected is to start in June or July this year.

The second section of the new line runs for 74 km from Central Camionera to Plaza de la Bandera, and the third for 54 km from Plaza de la Bandera to Normal.

Expected to cost a total of 106bn, Line 3 will be 215 km in length and serve 18 stations. It is expected to double the capacity of the Guadalajara network to around 233 000 passengers/day.