Algeria’s Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zalene, the Managing Director of the SNTF, Yacine Bendjaballah, and Didier Pfleger, Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa at Alstom celebrated the commercial entry into service of the first Coradia Polyvalent train for Algeria, as well as the opening of a mainline station that will be used by the new trains. The new trains will provide passenger transport services connecting Algiers to the cities of Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Bechar.
After the completion of static tests at Alstom’s site in Reichshoffen and dynamic tests at the Vélim railway test centre in the Czech Republic, the train was delivered to the port of Algiers. Also, the train was delivered, it underwent a new series of static and dynamic tests on the SNTF rail network in preparation for the commercial entry into service of the line.
Deliveries of the following trains will be made over the course of the year 2018, under a contract signed in 2015 for 17 Coradia Polyvalent trains.
The train is Alstom’s first Coradia in Africa. Several innovations have been made to Coradia Polyvalent for Algeria, placing the passenger at the heart of its design. The train provides optimal brightness and is adapted to the country’s climatic conditions and equipped with a very efficient air conditioning system. Coradia Polyvalent’s fully low floor facilitates access and circulation on board the train. It also comprises tried and tested equipment and powerful motorisation resulting from established, reliable technology that guarantees the availability of the trains.