São Paulo Metro: Delayed Line 4 Project Receives Additional R$20 Million Investment

São Paulo Metro: Delayed Line 4 Project Receives Additional R$20 Million Investment

The government of São Paulo has agreed to pay an additional R$20 million to the Isolux Corsan Corivam consortium to complete two of the remaining four stations of the cities line 4 project. Works have so far taken 11 years, and the government recently threatened to break the terms of the contract, following extensive delays on the project expected to be complete in 2010.

The initial contract was valued at R$172 million to construct the Vila Sonia workshop and the Higienópolis-Mackenzie and Oscar Freire stations. The consortium received a further R$19 million last year, and with this years further R$20 million, to total for the project has risen to R$212 million.

The metro have explained that the initial designs have had to be modified, which is reflected in the increased costs. The metro have noted that further tunnelling works will be required for the Higienópolis-Mackenzie station.

The route, which was expected to be completed in 2010, will now be delayed until September 2016. The Mackenzie-Higienópolis station should be ready by June next year, with Oscar Freire station the last to be ready.

São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin explained that “there was a quantitive increase in work, with no change in the bidding. If you have more work then you need more investment. The Higienópolis and Oscar Freire stations will be delivered next year.”

“Our position has always been to terminate. We have financing from the IBRD. The World Bank have insisted on a resolution so the work can continue”, he added.

While the Isolux Corsan Corivam consortium will complete the Higienópolis-Mackenzie and Oscar Freire stations, the government will contract a new consortium to finish works on the São Paulo-Morumbi stations and future works on Vila Sônia, which now won’t be ready until 2018.

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