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Alstom wins contract for rail line in Tunis

03/07/2008 AT 07:57

Alstom is in charge of installing a substation (25 kV) that will power the rail line and its 105 km of overhead lines along 23 km of double track. Alstom will also supervise construction work to raise train station platforms. The rail operating system on the rail line (signalling and telecommunications) will be handled by Alstom's partner, AnsaldoSTS.

Electrification of this line marks the first step in the construction of a rapid rail network (RFR) for the greater Tunis region. By restricting diesel in favor of electricity, this project is contributing to improving the quality of the environment. This new network will ultimately include five lines totalling 85 km of track. It will be able to carry over 20,000 passengers per hour per line between the suburbs of Tunis and the city centre. Commercial service is expected to begin during 2010.

This new contract shows Tunisia's confidence in Alstom's ability to support the country's development of large urban (tramway) and suburban railway projects. Before the end of 2008, Alstom will deliver 39 tram Citadis trainsets that will be used on Line 1 of Tunis's tramway system.

Argentina chooses Alstom to build a very HS line

The President of the Argentine Republic, Cristina Fernàndez Kirchner, officially announced on 16 January, 2008, that Alstom and its partners IECSA, Emepa, Isolux Corsan have been awarded the first very high speed link project in Latin America, between Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba.

Canadian Court recognises Alstom

On 9 January 2008, the Quebec Superior Court gave a ruling which establishes the validity of Alstom's request to have the right to participate in an invitation to tender for the replacement of Montreal's fleet of metro cars.

Extended contract with Amtrak

Amtrak, the United StatesThis extension is awarded after only 11 months of operation of the original 5 year contract, which shows the confidence of the customer within Alstom.

Entry into service of the Tunis tram

On Monday, 17 September, the first trams were put into service on the Tunis “light metro” network.

Visit of a Chilean delegation on 17 July

The municipality of Vitacura, located in Gran Santiago in Chile, is set to acquire its own tramway.

Alstom to supply 360 subway cars

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted today to award an €810 million ($1.12 billion) option for 620 new heavy rail subway cars to Alstom and Kawasaki. Alstom will supply 360 cars for about €500 million.

A high speed line in Argentina

Alstom and its Argentinian and European partners (IECSA, EMEPA and ISOLUX), confirmed on 27 March that they have submitted a bid to the Argentinian authorities for the Buenos Aires-Rosario-Cordoba high speed turnkey project. This bid has the financial support of the French bank, Société Générale.

Alstom delivers the first two trams for Tunis

On 14 March, Alstom delivered the first two Citadis trams for line 1 of the Tunis network to Mr. Chedly Hajri, CEO of Transtu, operator of the Tunis tram network. Mr. Abderrahim Zouari, Tunisia's Minister of Transport, took part in the event.

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