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Another new Algerian tramway

8 May saw the inauguration by the Minister of the Interior of the 15.2km east-west tramline in the Algerian city of Sétif, the second new system to open in the North African country this year (Ouragla opened on 20 March) and the sixth tramway in total. Revenue service started on 9 May. The Sétif tramline runs from 11 Décembre 1960 to Berchi Abid and Oucissa Laid (two branches at the western end) via the city centre and Université El Bez.

It was built by a consortium of Alstom and Yapi Merkezi, with work on the AZD 47bn contract starting in May 2014. Alstom has supplied signaling and telecommunications, the operations control centre, substations and electrification. The tramway is operated by SETRAM, a subsidiary of the French RATP Dev. The CITAL joint venture of Ferrovial and Alstom has supplied 26 100% low-floor 44m seven-section Citadis double-ended trams (101-26) from its Annaba factory, equipped with air conditioning and CCTV. They are 2.6m wide and can carry 302 passengers. Delivery started in April 2017. The commercial speed is expected to be 20.3km/h, with a capacity of 6000 passengers/hour/direction.

The flat fare is AZD 40, with a return ticket for AZD 70 and a 24-hour ticket for AZD 120. Work continues on a 6.2km north-south line linking the first line at Mostafa Benboulaid in the city centre, with Zone Industrielle. Sétif is a city of 288 500 about 270km east of Algiers, at an elevation of 1096m making it the coldest city in Algeria (snow is not unusual). The economy is largely agricultural. The next new Algerian tramway will be a 14.2km line in Mostaganem, due to open in 2019.

7 June 2018


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