Alstom Transport has secured a â‚¬200m contract from Algeria’s SociÃ©tÃ© Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) to deliver 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel intercity trains.
Deliveries of the dual-mode trains, which are capable of travelling at 160km/h, are scheduled to begin in January 2018.
The six-carriage trains will be 110m-long, can accomodate 265 passengers and comply with PRM TSI accessibility standards.
The new trains will be deployed on intercity services linking Alger with destinations, including Oran, Annaba, Constantine and BÃ©char.
“Already adopted by SNCF and the French regions since 2009, Coradia Polyvalent is the ideal choice to meet Algeria’s transport needs.”
The investment for these new trains is part of SNTF’s programme to modernise and extend its rail network.
Alstom Transport Middle East and Africa senior vice-president Gian-Luca Erbacci said: “Already adopted by SNCF and the French regions since 2009, Coradia Polyvalent is the ideal choice to meet Algeria’s transport needs.
“Algerian passengers can be sure that they are travelling on trains with the latest technical innovations, combining comfort, performance and protection of the environment.”
The Coradia Polyvalent units are adapted for local conditions with protection against sand and have a highly efficient air-conditioning system.
The low-floor trains are accessible to everyone, particularly passengers with reduced mobility.
The design, production and testing of the new trains will be carried out at Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant in France.
As part of the contract, Saint-Ouen will undertake design work, while Le Creusot is to supply the bogies, Ornans the traction motors and alternators, Tarbes the drive system and Villeurbanne the onboard electronics and passenger information system.