Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation is to re-let the contract for the Mexico City to Queretaro high speed rail link.
The original MXP 59 billion (US$ 4.4 billion) contract was awarded to a consortium led by China Railway Construction Corp. in November, but was cancelled within days following criticism of how the tendering process was conducted. Other contractors said they had not been given sufficient time to put in a bid for the project, and there were also concerns raised over the deal by one of the four Mexican companies in the winning consortium to build a mansion for the Mexican President's wife, Angelica Rivera.
The Ministry of Communications and Transportation said the tendering process will now run for 180 days from January 14.
The Mexico City to Queretaro link could be the first high-speed rail line in Latin America. It is intended as the first stage of a wider project to connect Mexico City with the Bajío and Guadalajara.