Alstom is beginning shipment of the first of 15 Coradia Polyvalent trains for Senegal from Alstom’s site in Reichshoffen, France. The train is expected to arrive at Dakar Port on 12 November.
Bogies and cars will be reassembled at the rolling stock maintenance site at Colobane depot, located 3 kilometres from Dakar, before beginning static and dynamic tests.
“The departure of the Coradia trains for Dakar is the crowning achievement of the tests conducted at Reichshoffen. It bears witness to the commitment of all Alstom teams to meeting our customers’ needs and expectations. We are proud to contribute to this important mobility project that will place Dakar among the first African cities to acquire such technology,” said Raphael Bernardelli, MD North & Central Africa.
The Coradia Polyvalent for Senegal is a mainline dual-mode train – diesel and electric-25kV, capable of running at speeds of 160 km/h. With a total length of 72 metres, the train has four cars and offers a maximum capacity of 531 passengers distributed through first and second class.
The 15 trains will help satisfy the increasing need for mobility in Dakar and will run on a new line connecting the centre of the city to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport. They will serve 14 stations over 55 km, which they will cover in 45 minutes. The number of daily passengers is expected to be up to 115,000.
In December 2016, APIX, Senegal Agency in charge of promoting investment and major civic building works, awarded Alstom the contract on the supply of 15 regional trains.