MEXICO: The Nuevo León state government has awarded Siemens a €25m contract to provide signalling, telecoms and control systems for Monterrey light metro Line 3, having selected the company as preferred bidder at the end of May.

Siemens is to supply CTS/M automatic train protection, two Sicas electronic interlockings, its Vicos operations control system and RailCom Manager to oversee the communications network. Monitoring and control of the new line will be undertaken from the existing Metrorrey operations control centre at Cuauhtémoc.

Designed to handle an expected ridership of 280 000 passengers/day, the 7·5 km line will begin with a short tunnelled section from the Line 2 terminus at Zaragoza through the Barrio Antiguo district and then run on a mostly elevated alignment to Hospital Metropolitano in the northwest of the city. There will be nine stations, including an interchange with Line 1 at Félix U Gómez.

Line 3 is being built by a consortium of Alstom Mexicana, Constructora Garza Ponce and Constructora Moyedan under a 2·2bn pesos turnkey contract awarded in November 2013. Commissioning is scheduled for late 2015.

CAF is supplying a fleet of 22 articulated high-floor LRVs under a 3·3bn pesos contract awarded in July, which includes 20 years of maintenance and an option for another four cars. The vehicles will be similar to the 22 MM93 cars that CAF supplied to Metrorrey in 2004-05.