French consortium receives approval on Abidjan metro contract

The Minister of Transport of Ivory Coast, Amadou Koné, has signed the addendum number 2 of the technical and financial offer submitted by the Abidjan rail transport company (Star-Société des Transports Abidjanais sur Rail) for the Abidjan Metro line 1.

The addendum was signed in the presence of Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

EUR 1.36 billion is the value of the construction work, which will be carried out by Bouygues Travaux Publics, Colas Rail and Alstom.

The Star joint venture will be responsible for the construction phase of Line 1 of the Abidjan Metro. It is expected that the excavation work will start at the end of 2020.

The effective start date of the works and contract acceptance are subject to the fulfilment of two major suspensive conditions: the Ivorian State making all the land available and the finalization of financing for the project in conjunction with the French authorities.

Line 1 of the Abidjan Metro will be operated and maintained by the Keolis Group. 20 five-car Metropolis trains, equipped with CBTC system will operate the line.

Line 1 of the Abidjan metro network will be 37 km long and follows a natural corridor serving 18 stations from the north (Anyama Centre) to the south (Airport) of the Ivorian capital.

Building overground metro will require the construction of 24 bridges, 1 viaduct over the lagoon, 34 pedestrian footbridges and 8 underpasses.

The line will carry 500,000 passengers per day.

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