Algeria’s transport minister has inaugurated the first tram line in the city of Sétif.
The 15.2km-long line will serve the city’s eastern districts, the city centre, the 8 May 1945 Stadium, the city’s bus station, the universities Ferhat Abbas I and II and the university El-Bez.
Alstom and Turkish construction firm Yapı Merkezi were awarded the turnkey project in March, 2014.
Alstom has provided the signalling and telecomms system, centralised traffic control, the high voltage substation, as well as the equipment for the electrical substations, ticketing and overhead contact line.
CITAL – an Alstom, Ferrovial and SNTF joint venture – has manufactured 26 Citadis trams for the system at the Annaba factory in Algeria.
These trams are 44m-long and can transport up to 302 passengers. The trams are all air-conditioned and equipped with surveillance cameras and spaces for passengers with reduced mobility.
Alstom’s managing director for Algeria Mahdy Rouibi said: “Following the commissioning of the tram line of the city of Ouargla on 20 March, this second inauguration reinforces the commitment of our teams and confirms the reliability of our solutions which have made it possible to build a true, lasting partnership with our customer. This is something we are proud of.”