PERU: Construction of a 12·3 km extension of Lima metro Line 1 started in the Santiago de Surco district on March 2. The event was marked by a ceremony attended by the mayors of Villa María del Triunfo, Suco, La Victoria and Surquillo.

The Tren Eléctrico Lima consortium, comprising Graña y Montero SA and Norberto Odebrecht SA, was awarded a US$410·2m contract in December 2009 to extend the line from the existing terminus at Atocongo to Hospital Dos de Mayo in Avenida Grau, build nine new stations and supply new E&M equipment for the entire route. Completion is currently envisaged in June 2011.

On March 8 Bombardier announced that it had been awarded a €16m contract to supply Cityflo 350 signalling for Line 1. The company will install interlockings, track circuits and control equipment on the entire 21·4 km route between Villa El Salvador and Hospital Dos de Mayo, together with ATP and ATO on the 15 trains that will operate the line.

The Corporación Andina de Fomento has agreed to fund feasibility studies for phase II of the project, which would see the line extended further north from Avenida Grau to San Juan de Lurigancho.