During the Franco-Iraqi intergovernmental meeting, Alstom and Iraqi government signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of urban transport systems in Baghdad and Basra.
For transport development in Baghdad, the MoU covers the construction of a 20-km elevated train, along with the supply of rolling stock, electromechanical systems, tracks, associated civil works. The light rail system would link Al-Mustansirya, AlShab, Al-Wazyria, Alsarafia AlEtafia bridge, Al-Khadumia, AlMuthana airport and Al-Alawi.
The second project focuses on the development of the metro system in Basra, which consists of two elevated lines of approximately 30 km each, 15 stations and one depot for each line from North to South, from Zubair to Shat Alarab and from East to West, from Karma to the Desert.
These projects would significantly contribute to the development of the country’s urban infrastructure and national economy.
“We appreciate the opportunity to develop industrial cooperation with the Republic of Iraq, in order to better address the country’s needs for urban transport. Alstom is ready to bring its innovative technologies and sees the signature of this MoU as a first step towards the development of a long-term partnership with Iraq,” said Bernard Peille, Managing Director of Alstom in Western & Central Asia.