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 several Algerian cities.
The Cital joint venture of Alstom (49%), Ferrovial (41%) and EMA (10%) is to assemble the trams at its plant in Annaba using kits supplied by Alstom as part of its €85m share of the contract. The low-floor trams will be 44 m long with capacity for 302 passengers. The trams will have 12 doors, air-conditioning and CCTV.
Construction of the Sétif tramway started in May 2014. Work is being undertaken by a consortium of Yapı Merkezi and Alstom under a 38bn dinar contract. In addition to rolling stock, Alstom is supplying signalling, telecoms, the control centre, power supplies and the ticketing system.
The 15·2 km east-west line between Université El Bez and Centre de Maintenance with 27 stops is due to open in the first quarter of 2018. Services would run at peak frequencies of 4 min, giving a line capacity of 5 000 passengers/h per direction. Service speed is expected to average 20 km/h.
Work has not yet started on a second planned line. The unconnected north-south route would link Wilaya and Gare Multimodale.