China continues to lead the way in high-speed rail as state backed China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) are the only group bidding to win tender for Mexico’s major high speed-rail project worth more than $3 billion writes SmartRail World's Abigail Francis. The proposed project plans to connect the industrial cities of Mexico City & Queretaro and carry an estimated 23,000 commuters a day, at high speeds of 300kph. The developments follow President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plans to reintroduce inter-city passenger services between major industrial cities following their privatization and subsequent dissolution over a decade ago.
CRCC have offered to build trains and 210 kilometres of railway as part of their $4.3 billion bid. The deal is set to place China in an extremely strong position to establish and win further contracts to construct more of Mexico’s high-speed passenger rail. Having built over 12,000 kilometers of track at home in less than a decade, China is pushing to export more of its high-speed technology abroad. CNR and CSR Corp are China's largest train builders, while CRCC and China Railway Group build track.