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First Citadis tramset for the Algiers tramway

03/30/2009 AT 07:23

The tramset, transported in three sections, left Alstom's production centre in La Rochelle (France) on 10 March and was taken by road to Marseilles.

On 16 March these were loaded on board the “Niolon” and shipped to Algiers, where they arrived on 18 March and were taken to the tramway depot in Bordj El Kiffan. The modules will be recoupled during April to form the complete tramset.

This event marks a new stage in the Algiers tramway project, which is currently being realized by the Mediterrail consortium, composed of Alstom, ETRHB and Todini. The arrival of the first tramset launches the delivery of the 41 Citadis tramsets ordered by EMA. 12 tramsets are currently being manufactured in La Rochelle workshops and 4 are awaiting authorization for despatch. Two to three tramsets will be delivered each month. This event also demonstrates the progress being made at the Bordj El Kiffan depot, which will receive the Citadis tramsets as and when they are delivered. With a total area of over 200,000 sq. m., the depot will contain a storage facility, maintenance workshops and a service station. It will also be the central headquarters for the line and will house a range of administrative and technical equipment (electricity sub-station etc).

This transport infrastructure project is part of a programme supporting the economic recovery plan launched by the Algerian authorities. Of crucial importance to the infrastructure of the capital as it refocuses on its eastern districts, the project is at the same time symbolic for the country, because - 50 years after its disappearance - the tramway is being reintroduced as a tool to develop and modernize the country's main metropolitan areas. Alstom's know-how and expertise have also led to its selection by EMA (as part of a consortium) to build the Oran and Constantine tramway systems.

Alstom Transport has operated for many years in Algeria, supporting and sustaining the development of local infrastructure. It has gradually increased its number of permanent employees in the country to the current figure of nearly 500 and has established cooperative relationships with its Algerian partners. The Algiers, Oran and Constantine tramway contracts signed with Algiers metro operator EMA and the infrastructure and electrification contracts for the Algiers suburban lines currently being delivered for ANESRIF-SNTF illustrate Alstom Transport's very active presence in Algeria, where it is providing innovative, eco-friendly rail transport solutions.

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