Alstom to extend Algerian tramway line

tramway-alstom-algeriaFrench transport services provider Alstom and three partners will extend a portion of a tramway line in Algeria

The company plans to extend the Constantine area tramway by 10 kilometres over the next three years. The extension is worth US$87.7mn, and Alstom’s share of the contract has been awarded by Algerian public transport operator Entreprise Metro d’Alger.

Alstom Transport Middle East and Africa senior vice-president Gian-Luca Erbacci said, “By placing this new order, EMA confirms once again its confidence in Alstom’s integrated tramway solutions. Alstom is proud to participate in the development of Constantine’s public transport network through a mode that is sustainable, fluid, comfortable and accessible to all passengers.”

According to the contract, Alstom will supply the integrated system, tracks, catenaries, telecommunications and signalling, sub-stations and ticketing equipment, stated the company. The extension will link the existing station of Zouaghi with the new city of Ali Mendjeli and with the Mohamed Boudiaf airport, added the French company.

The Constantine area tramway has ferried an excess of 7.2mn passengers and Alstom officials said that the extension would greatly help connect the inner parts of the Algerian city, which are densely populated.

The extended line, which will span 18 kilometres in total once work is completed, will be equipped with the first Citadis trams manufactured at the Annaba site (in the north-east of Algeria) by Cital, Alstom’s local joint-venture, formed with Ferrovial and EMA in 2010.

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