Constantine tramway extension
CITADIS tram in Constantine, Algeria. CREDIT: Alstom

Alstom conducts first dynamic test for Constantine tram extension

Alstom, with its partner Cosider Travaux Publics, has successfully carried out the first dynamic test on phase two of Algeria’s Constantine tramway extension. The 3.4 km, six-station extension links the new city of Ali Mendjeli to the terminal station of Université 2 de Constantine Abdelhamid Mehri.

During the test phase on January 23, Alstom’s tram ran for 1 km from Université Abdelhamid Mehri station to Ennasr station, at a speed of 5 km/h. The dynamic test represents the last stage before entry into commercial service of the phase two later this year.

In July 2015, Entreprise du Métro d’Alger (EMA) awarded the turnkey project for a 10.3 km extension of the Constantine tramway to a consortium of Alstom (consortium leader) and Cosider Travaux Publics. The first phase of this extension opened in June 2019, linking Zouaghi station to the entrance of the new city of Ali Mendjeli over a length of 6.9 km. It has six stations.

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Alstom is providing the signalling, telecommunication, traction energy, ticketing and track systems, including the catenary.

In December 2020, Alstom completed the first test-run for the Mostaganem Tramway which is scheduled to enter commercial service in March.

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