Alstom begins testing new trains for Senegal

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Alstom has begun testing the first dual-mode Coradia Polyvalent train built for Senegal.

Testing is being carried out at Alstom Reichshoffen site in France prior to delivery.

The trains will operate on a new line between the centre of Dakar and the new Blaise Diagne international airport (AIBD), in Diass.

Didier Pfleger, senior vice president for Middle East and Africa, said in a statement: “This test run is a significant milestone for Alstom and for the project.

“We are proud to conduct the tests in order to guarantee not only the smooth running of the trains but also the control of all norms to guarantee maximum safety for both APIX and its passengers.”

In 2016, Senegal ordered 15 Coradia Polyvalent units. The new trains, which are 72 metres long and will have a maximum speed of 160 km/h, were ordered as part of the Regional Express Train Project (TER).

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