January 25, 2012

China to build Addis Ababa light rail

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THE Ethiopian government has awarded China Eryuan Engineering Group a contract worth around $US 400m to build the city's 37.4km light rail network.

Three lines are planned: Defence Forces Hospital - Ayat Village (17.3km), Meskel Square - Kality (16.2km) and Lideta - Menilik Square (3.9km).

The Chinese government is financing 60% of the project, with the remainder coming from the Ethiopian government. All three lines are due to open in 2014.

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