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    In depth

    Algeria: Urban projects back on track


    Flush with higher revenues from oil and natural gas exports, Algeria has restarted extensions to the capital city’s metro and is unfreezing tram projects that had been put on ice. Christian Scasso reports.

  • Mostaganem tramway opening
    Metro Report International

    Mostaganem tramway opens


    ALGERIA: The two-line tram network in the city of Mostaganem was opened by Minister of Transport Kamel Beldjoud and Wali of Mostaganem Aissa Boulahia on February 18. The 12·2 km Line T1 runs from the university at Kharouba in the north, via national railway SNTF’s station ...

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    Metro Report International

    Constantine tram extension completed


    ALGERIA: The 3·4 km final section of Constantine’s southern tramway extension from Chahid Kadri Brahim to Université Abdelhamid-Mehri was inaugurated by Prime Minister & Finance Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane on September 29.

  • Tous les trains sont à l'arrêt
    In depth

    Algeria: Recovery elusive as expansion plans await funding


    With no passenger trains operating in the 10 months from March 2020 to January 2021, the future for Algeria’s national operator SNTF looks uncertain. Christian Scasso contrasts political aspirations with a bleak outlook on the ground.

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    Metro Report International

    Mostaganem tram starts test running


    ALGERIA: Test running on Mostaganem tram route T2 began on December 31, ahead of an expected opening in the first quarter of 2021.

  • The Constantine tramway has been extended south to Ali Mendjeli.
    Metro Report International

    Constantine tramway extended


    ALGERIA: An extension of the Constantine tramway to the new city of Ali Mendjeli entered revenue service on May 3. The 6·9 km extension runs south from the terminus of the initial route at Zouaghi and adds five stops. In July 2015 Entreprise du Métro d’Alger awarded a turnkey ...

  • A rail link to Alger Houari Boumediene Airport opened along with a new terminal on April 29.

    Alger Houari Boumediene Airport rail link opened


    ALGERIA: A rail link to Alger Houari Boumediene Airport opened along with a new terminal on April 29. National railway SNTF operates an hourly service from Alger’s Agha station to Bab Ezzouar and the airport between 05.00 and 21.00, with a price of 80 dinar per adult and 40 ...

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    Sétif tramway inaugurated


    ALGERIA: The first phase of the Sétif tram network was inaugurated on May 8. The 15·2 km east-west route runs from 11 Décembre 1960 to Berchi Abid and Oucissa Laid, which both serve Université El Bez. In March 2014 Entreprise Métro d’Alger awarded a consortium of Yapı Merkezi and ...

  • The metro line in Alger has been extended.

    Alger metro extensions open


    ALGERIA: The single metro line in Alger has been extended at each end, with the official opening by President Abdelaziz Boutefli on April 9 of a 1·7 km extension from Tafourah-Grande Poste to Place des Martyrs and a 3·7 km branch from Haï El Badr to Ain Naadja. Revenue services ...

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    Ouargla tramway inaugurated


    ALGERIA: Minister of Public Works & Transport Abdelghani Zaalane inaugurated a tram line in Ouargla on March 20. Construction of the 9·7 km route with 16 stops was undertaken by a consortium of Rover Alcisa, Elecnor and Assignia Infrestructuras under a €228m contract awarded in 2013. The Cital ...

  • News

    First Coradia trainset in Africa enters service


    ALGERIA: Minister of Public Works & Transport Abdelghani Zalene attended a ceremony on March 2 to open buildings at Alger’s Agha station and mark the entry into service of national railway SNTF’s first Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit. Public services between Alger and Oran were scheduled to start the following ...

  • Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit for Algeria's SNTF on test at Velim in the Czech Republic (Photo: Alstom/ François Susset).

    Algerian Coradia multiple-unit on test


    ALGERIA: The first of 17 six-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which national railway SNTF ordered from Alstom in July 2015 is now undergoing dynamic trials at the Velim test centre in the Czech Republic. Once the trials at Velim are complete, the 160 km/h trainset will go to the French ...

  • CAF is supplying 12 more six-car trainsets for the Alger metro.

    CAF wins second Alger metro train contract


    ALGERIA: CAF is to supply 12 six-car trainsets to the Alger metro, the supplier announced on July 27. The trains will be used to augment the existing fleet of 14 CAF trainsets to support the planned opening of metro extensions. Based on the Inneo metro train family, the trainsets ...

  • The Sidi Bel Abbès tramway is the fourth to open in Algeria.

    Sidi Bel Abbès tramway inaugurated


    ALGERIA: The fourth tramway in Algeria opened on July 25, when the 14·3 km route in Sidi Bel Abbès was inaugurated by Minister of Transport & Public Works Abdelghani Zaalane. Yapı Merkezi acted as construction contractor. The Cital joint venture of Alstom (49%), Ferrovial (41%) and Entreprise du Métro ...

  • SNTF and Alstom have revealed the final design for the 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which are under construction in France for use on inter-city services in Algeria.

    ‘Modernisation, movement and beauty’ of Algeria’s future inter-city trainsets


    ALGERIA: National railway SNTF and Alstom have revealed the final design for the 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which are under construction in France for use on inter-city services between Alger, Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Béchar from January 2018. The SNTF units will be similar to the Coradia Polyvalent units ...

  • The first Citadis tram for Ouargla arrived in the city from Cital’s factory in Annaba on December 20 (Photo: Cital).

    Desert tram delivered to Ouargla


    ALGERIA: The first Citadis tram for Ouargla arrived in the city from Cital’s factory in Annaba on December 20. The Cital joint venture of Ferrovial (41%), Entreprise Métro d’Alger (10%), Alstom Transport France (43%) and Alstom Algérie (6%) is supplying 23 trams under a contract awarded in 2014. Each ...

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    Sidi Bel Abbès tram on test


    ALGERIA: The first tram for Sidi Bel Abbès has started dynamic testing on 4 km of the first 14·5 km of the city’s tram route, which is due to open for passenger service in late 2016. The CITAL joint venture of Alstom, Ferrovial and Entreprise Métro d'Alger is producing ...

  • GT46AC diesel-electric locomotive for Algeria’s SNTF (Photo: EMD).

    EMD locos arrive in Algeria


    ALGERIA: National railway SNTF has taken delivery of a batch of 10 GT46AC diesel-electric locomotives supplied by Progress Rail Services subsidiary Electro-Motive Diesel. The locomotives were delivered from the USA to Algeria by Combi Lift’s CL900 lift-on lift-off ship Palmerton. SNTF has ordered a total of 30 of the ...

  • The Cital joint venture is to assemble and maintain Alstom Coradia trainsets in Algeria (Photo: Alstom/R Mouron).

    Algerian train manufacturing framework signed


    ALGERIA: An agreement for the Cital joint venture to begin assembling and maintaining Coradia regional and inter-city trainsets in Algeria was signed on April 10 by Cital partners Alstom (49%), Entreprise Métro d'Alger (10%) and Ferrovial (41%), and also national railway SNTF which is to become a shareholder in the ...

  • Alstom has supplied Citadis trams for Oran, Constantine and Alger.

    Trams ordered for Sétif


    ALGERIA: Alstom announced the details of the 26 Citadis trams that it is to supply for Sétif on February 15. The order forms part of a framework contract signed in 2012 by Cital and Entreprise du Métro d’Alger for the supply of Citadis trams to operate on lines planned for ...