Rail transport in Mauritius

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There are no operational long-distance railways in Mauritius. A system existed from the 1860s to the 1960s. In 1956 the Mauritius Government Railways had 146 km (91 mi) of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge) track and 47 locomotives.[1]

With increasing road traffic congestion, plans surfaced in 2009 for a metro system.[2]


Light rail system[edit]

Initial plans suggested a 24.9 km line which would relieve pressure on busy roads; it would be supported by a feeder network of buses.[4][5]

The first line would go from the capital at Port Louis to Curepipe, mostly following the trackbed of a former Government railway closed in the 1960s.[6]

On 2 August 2017 it was announced that Larsen & Toubro would be the contractor responsible for constructing the metro network.[7][8]

The first stage, Port Louis to Rose Hill Central, was opened on 10 January 2020. The second stage, to Curepipe, is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Sampson H. (General editor), The Dumpy Book of Railways of the World, Sampson Low, London, 1956, p.168
  2. ^ "LIGHT RAIL FOR MAURITIUS". Railways Africa. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  3. ^ https://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/Mauritius.pdf
  4. ^ "Singapore to support Mauritian Light Rapid Transit plan - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^ Metro Project
  6. ^ http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1803414.htm#1803414
  7. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/l-t-bags-rs-3375-crore-mauritius-metro-order-117080200570_1.html
  8. ^ http://www.larsentoubro.com/media/35505/2017-08-02-lt-to-build-light-rail-system-metro-express-in-mauritius.pdf

Further reading[edit]

  • Robinson, Neil (2009). World Rail Atlas and Historical Summary. Volume 7: North, East and Central Africa. Barnsley, UK: World Rail Atlas Ltd. ISBN 978-954-92184-3-5.

External links[edit]

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