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Algeria: Cital Order 26 Citadis Tram Kits from Alstom Joint-Venture

Image courtesy of Alstom
Image courtesy of Alstom

A joint-venture between Alstom, EMA (Entreprise Métro d’Alger) and Ferrovial will supply 26 Citadis tram kits to Cital to operate in the city of Setif. The €85million order for the trams will operate on the 15.2km long line which will begin running passenger services in 2018. The trams will be assembled at Cital’s facility in Annaba.

This order is part of a contract made in 2012 between Cital and EMA for Citadis trams to operate in several Algerian cities. Cital was created especially for this project, to assemble and maintain the trams as part of Algeria’s ongoing development and urban mobility programme.

The Citadis trams themselves will be 44m long and have capacity for 302 passengers, featuring a low floor and 12 side-doors to enable access for passengers with reduced mobility and also to enable fast embarkation and disembarkation. They will also be fitted with air conditioning, CCTV cameras and space for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Gian-Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice-President of Alstom Middle East and Africa said:

“Setif is now the seventh city in Algeria to adopt Citadis, a mode of urban transport that is environmental-friendly, pleasant, comfortable and reliable.We are pleased to collaborate with our partners on this project and to participate in the transport development of the country.”

Cital’s facility in Annaba will assemble and test the trams before they are delivered. The facility itself is 46,400m2, complete with a one kilometer track for testing. It employs 90 people to assemble five tramways every month.

This deal will consolidate Alstom’s activities in Algeria, where it has been active for more than 60 years in Algiers, Oran and Constantine, among others.

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