The contract is split into four components, which Fonatur says is intended to maximise possible efficiencies.

The first element includes the procurement, testing and commissioning of 43 trains for operation on the first five sections of the line from Palenque via SF Campeche, Izamal, and Cancun to Tulum. There is also an option to purchase an additional 27 sets for the remaining two Maya Train sections, which are new build sections between Tulum, Bacalar and Escárcega.

Speaking to IRJ, Fonatur chief, Mr Rogelio Jiménez Pons, says the railway will require a mixed fleet of electric and diesel-electric trains and has a budget of approximately Pesos 40bn ($US 1.97bn). The network will be electrified on a 690km stretch between Merida on section three and Chetumal on section six.

The second element comprises the acquisition, equipment, testing and commissioning of signalling, train protection, telecommunications and radio systems for operation of the Mayan Train network. This element also includes the design, construction, equipment and operation of control rooms for the network.

The third element is the design, construction and equipment of maintenance depots for rolling stock. The fourth is a five-year after sales agreement, which includes knowledge transfer to Fonatur and Fonatur Tren Maya.

Bidding for the tender will run from November 24 until December 4. The winning contractor will be announced on May 26 2021.

Fonatur is supported in the tender process by the United Nations Office for Project Services, which the body says provides added transparency to the process. It says it will also be overseen by an official from the Ministry of Public Service.

For detailed report on Fonatur’s development of the Mayan Train project, see the November issue of IRJ, p36.

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