Mexico’s Maya train project stalls as legal battle drags


A judge in Mexico has delivered a fresh blow to the Maya train project, which aims to link archaeological sites with Mexican beach resorts. The judge ordered that a suspension of construction work on a stretch of the train line be extended until its environmental impact is determined. The ruling is a victory for a group of cave divers who fear that the works will threaten underground caverns. The Maya train is one of Mexico’s most ambitious infrastructure projects. This latest ruling could halt building work by months or even years unless an appeal by the authority behind the project is successful. The $9.8bn (£7.5bn) Maya train project is aimed at building a 1,500km-long (930-mile) railroad linking the south-eastern Mexican states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador argues that it will provide an environmentally friendly mode of transport for locals and tourists alike, as well as boosting development and employment in the underdeveloped region. But critics say the megaproject has been rushed and environmental concerns have been overridden. (BBC)…[+]