Alstom trams inaugurated on Algerian light rail network

Credit: Alstom.
Credit: Alstom.

Sidi Bel Abbès’s tram network, in Algeria, has launched its new Alstom Citadis light rail vehicles.

The 44m trams have been wrapped in golden yellow livery – representing the region’s symbol of wheat fields – are made up of seven modules and have a maximum capacity of 302 passengers.

Cital – Alstom’s local joint venture with transport companies EMA (Entreprise du métro d’Alger) and Ferrovial – assembled the trams at its Annaba manufacturing site.

With low floors and 12 side doors, the trams have been designed to make movement easier for those with reduced mobility.

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They also come equipped with air conditioning, CCTV, space for buggies and wheelchairs, LED lights and screens for broadcasting video content.

President of Alstom Algeria Henri Bussery said: “With Sidi Bel Abbes, we are pursuing our partnership with Algeria to provide its inhabitants with the most environmentally friendly, comfortable transport system in existence: the tram.

“To date, the cities of Algeria have ordered 128 Citadis tram units to meet the mobility needs of passengers.”

Alstom was awarded the contract for 30 trams in December 2013.

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