The Oran tramway system was opened for public in May 2013, following around five years of contruction. The 18.7km-long tram line covers 32 stations, handling 90,000 passengers per day, and will serve approximately 88 million passengers per year, reducing travel times by 20% to 30%.
The tram system is operated by RATP Group, which is represented in Algeria by SETRAM.
SETRAM is a joint venture of RATP Dev (49%), Entreprise du Métrod’Alger (15%), and Etablissement Public de Transport Urbain et Suburbain d’Alger (36%). It was established in 2012 to operate Algerian tramways. SETRAM employed 650 people to operate and maintain the tramway.
The Oran tramway project is part of Entreprise du Métro d’Alger’s (EMA) plan to build a tram network to improve public transport in Algeria, which was announced in 2006. Light rail developments in Algeria are currently targeting the completion of three new systems by 2020, Oran tramway being one of them.
EMA selected Ingérop, a French consultancy, to perform feasibility studies for the Oran tramway in 2006. Ensistrans consultancy performed preliminary design studies for the project.
Algiers Metro was inaugurated on 31 October 2011 after nearly three decades of development. It is Algeria’s first metro system and the second metro transport system in Africa. The metro serves three million inhabitants of the city of Algiers, carrying 300,000 passengers every day.
The project also included the construction of two main structural components, a hopper (underground station) and a bridge. The 358m-long hopper was constructed to allow the transit of trams from Hammou Mukhtar to Dar el Beida.
The new bridge was constructed at the intersection point of 3rd Avenue. The bridge consists of 25 viaduct spans and is 259m long.
The Oran Tramway system consists of a single line. It includes double track platform for major portion (17.7km) along with some single track. It runs from Depot Sidi Maarouf to Depot Senia at Senia University.
It covers the residential and commercial zones of Mokrani, Tlemcen Houaha, M’dina el Djadida, Ghaouti, Palais Des Sports, Surete de Wilaya, Cite University, Citi USTO, Hospital, University USTO, Palais de Justice, Hammou Mokhtar- Les Castors and Jardin Othmania.
A number of expansion plans are in place for the Oran tramway system. One of them is the northerly extension from the Hatab bus station to Benarba. It will be 8.6km and will add 12 stations.
Another extension plan is from the Depot Senia to the Oran airport extending 5km. The third extension plan is from USTO to Bir El Djir covering a length of 16.5km. These two plans will add 28 more stations to the Oran tram network.
SETRAM was selected in October 2012 to provide operation and maintenance services for the Oran tramway network for the next ten years.
Tramnour consortium consisting of Alstom and Isolux Corsán was awarded a €355m ($471.36m) contract by Entreprise du Métro d’Alge. Alstom’s share of the contract was valued at €148m. Alstom supplied 30 Citadis Type trams, signalling and communication systems, depot equipments and substations for the project as part of the contract. Isolux Corsán provided civil engineering, track and electrification engineering, and overhead services for the project.
Isolux Corsan awarded a subcontract to Telvent (TLVT) to provide its Telvent SmartMobility Light Rail solution for the Oran trams in August 2010.
Ansaldo STS supplied the Traffic Control Centre for the Oran tramway system and installed equipments on 15 trams.
The Citadis is a low floor tram produced by Alstom Transport. The trams are installed with climate control systems, video surveillance and passenger information systems. The tram is furnished with air conditioning systems. The integrated low floors of the tram provide comfort to disabled passengers. The tram can accommodate 325 passengers (72 seated and 253 standing).
Each tram set of the Oran tramway is 43.9m long. The sets are designed to attain a maximum speed of 30kmph to 50kmph. Alstom built the trams at its Santa Perpetua de Mogoda plant in Spain.
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