The first trainset delivered for the Ouargla Tram
21 December 2016

The first trainset delivered for the Ouargla Tram

Nicknamed the “Tramway at the gateway of the Sahara”: the Ouargla tramway, SYSTRA’s new network in Algeria, will be commissioned in 2017. A sign that the project is on schedule, the first trainset has arrived.

Well known rolling stock

The CITAL 402 trainset, the first of a fleet of 23 tramways, has just arrived at the 10 hectare maintenance centre for the new Ouargla network. The rolling stock, built by a consortium composed of Alstom, the EMA and the Algerian Ministry of Transport, is already well known in the country as it equips the Alger network. It will provide traffic capacity of 3,450 passengers per hour in each direction.

Networking the Group’s expertise

SYSTRA, in its role as project manager, involved as of 2011 up to 40 Group employees in this new Tramway project, from the Algeria engineering centre, the Lyon tramway division, as well as specialists in stations, engineering structures, rolling stock, and transport systems from the Technical Department in Farman. Expertise which enabled the completion of a detailed preliminary design in record time, adapted to the customer’s requirements.

Challenging weather conditions

Work was launched in 2013 and has now entered the final phase despite challenging weather and geotechnical conditions. SYSTRA’s experts drew on expertise acquired during the construction of the tramway networks in the Maghreb (Alger, Casablanca, Rabat), to optimise the construction phases of the Ouargla tramway.

Commissioning in 2017

The Ouargla Tramway, covering 9.6km, will have 16 stations: the line will begin at the new town (Hai Nasr) and stretch to station 16 “Sid Rouhou” previously called “Cité Administrative”, passing through the town centre via, notably, a 40 meter long bow-string viaduct.

The on-site mission of SYSTRA’s teams will continue until the end of 2017: infrastructure work is due to end in August 2017, followed by testing and commissioning. Although the first trainset arrived in December 2016, the opening of the Ouargla line to the public is scheduled for the end of next year.

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