The trainsets would be similar to the Coradia Liner ordered by France’s SNCF.

ALGERIA: National railway SNTF has selected Alstom Transport as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 17 electro-diesel multiple-units for long-distance services. Award of the €200m contract announced on August 19 is subject to a 10-day standstill period.

The trainsets would be based on the Coradia Liner design ordered by France’s SNCF, modified to cope with Algerian conditions. They are to be deployed on long-distance services from Alger to Oran, Béchar, Constantine and Annaba, with the bi-mode design enabling through-running onto unelectrified routes from lines which are currently electrified or scheduled to be electrified.