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Algeria’s new mainline railway is “underway and progressing extremely well”.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Algeria’s national railway SNTF Alstom's new Cordia Polyvalent trains for SNTF. (Photo courtesy of Alstom)have been working with French rail operator Alstom to deliver a new mainline train for the country. This is part of a project to modernise and extend the infrastructure in Algeria by January 2018. The final design of the new Coradia Polyvalent train has been unveiled at the International Transport, Logistics & Mobility Exhibition to be held in Algiers. The electro-diesel units are currently under construction in France and will serve Algiers through to the cities of Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Bechar. The SNTF carriages will be similar to the Coradia Polyvalent units operated by France’s SNCF under the Régiolis brand, but modified for the environment’s needs including protection against sand and efficient air-conditioning.

This is the first time that Alstom ( @Alstom ) and SNTF have formed an alliance. Alstom signed the contract in 2015 with Algeria’s Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) to supply 17 Coradia Polyvalent inter-city trains. The contract has been valued at around €200 million. The French multinational company supplies a range of train including suburban, regional, high-speed, metro and Citadis trains. Africa’s second largest country, Algeria has a vast rail network. However, the state-owned SNTF rail operator which has a monopoly of the railways which is only operating on 3,571km (2,220 miles) out of 3,973 km (2,469 miles) of track. The country’s ambition is to deliver 10,000km of railways by 2020. This infrastructural priority is to make the country advance as quickly as possible and modernise public services.

Alstom’s Coradia range benefits from 30 years of experience. Its 3,000 trains have travelled over four billion kilometres. The French plant will have capacity to assemble one Coradia set per month. Alstom will provide training and transfer skills and technology for production and maintenance of the trains to those working at SNTF.

"The project is underway and is progressing extremely well - at full speed!" said Yacine Benjaballah, Managing Director of SNTF. "We are very satisfied with the progress made and the results obtained. This train will become a national asset, satisfying the needs of our passengers who will be proud to use it."

Coradia Polyvalent for SNTF benefits from tInside Alstom's trainsets. (Photo courtesy of Alstom)he latest technological innovations. It is a bimodal train (diesel or 25kV electric) capable of running at speeds of 160 km/h. With a total length of 110 metres, the train has six cars and can accommodate 254 passengers. It is adapted to the climatic and environmental conditions of the country with a highly efficient air conditioning system. Its low floor facilitates access and movement on board, in particular for people with reduced mobility (PMR). The architecture of the train and its powerful engine eliminates noises and vibrations, offering unrivalled comfort of travel.

"The design of Coradia Polyvalent for SNTF was developed by Alstom's Design&Styling department in close collaboration with the SNTF teams. Through the design, the teams have attempted to evoke the modernisation, movement and beauty of Algeria’s landscapes with the shared goal of offering passengers a unique and comfortable travelling experience," said Henri Bussery, General Manager of Alstom Algeria.

The 17 trains are being manufactured at Alstom’s site in Reichshoffen, France. Four other Alstom sites in France are involved in the development of the trains: Le Creusot for the bogies, Ornans for the motors, Tarbes for the traction system and Villeurbanne for on-board electronic and passenger information systems.

The external livery of the train reflects the various landscapes travelled through (city, countryside, coasts, mountain), through its subtly reflective coating. The interior of the train is spacious and bright. The train is fully air-conditioned and has a dining area and comfortable seating. Finally, the train’s design and highly efficient motors eliminate noise and vibration for unparalleled comfort. The styling was developed by Alstom's Design & Styling department in collaboration with SNTF and aims to evoke the "modernisation, movement and beauty" of Algeria's landscapes, according to Henri Bussery, General Manager of Alstom Algeria.


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