The city of Constantine, in northeastern Algeria, has inaugurated the first phase of the 10.3-km tram extension which will link Zouaghi Slimane with Ali Mendjeli and Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport.
The 6.9-km extension connects the existing Zouaghi station to the entrance of the new city of Ali Mendjeli. Constantine’s first tramway line currently transports around 30,000 passengers per day.
In 2015, Entreprise du Métro d’Alger (EMA) awarded the turnkey extension of the tramway line to the consortium of companies consisting of Alstom, as the leader, and Cosider Travaux Publics. As part of the project, Alstom is providing the integrated system, tracks, catenaries, telecommunication and signalling systems, substations and ticketing equipment.
The first part of the Constantine tramway line extension will be reinforced with 24 new trams, in addition to the 20 trams already in operation on the first line. They have been provided by CITAL, a JV dedicated to tram assembly, from the Annaba plant in Algeria. The plant is 41% owned by Ferrovial, 10% by EMA, 6% by Alstom Algeria and 43% by Alstom Transport SA.
In 2013, the first Constantine tram line was opened. The 8-km tram line served by 8 stations provides transport links between the multimodal Zouaghi station to Ben Abdelmalek.