ALGIERS Metro Company (EMA) began operating Phase 2 of a 10.3km extension to Constantine’s light rail line on September 29.

Algerian prime minister Mr Aymen Benabderrahmane attended the opening of the 3.4km extension, along with minister of transport Mr Aissa Bekkai, EMA general manager Mr Ali Arezki and managing director of Alstom Algeria Mr Amar Chouaki.

Phase 2 is the section from Abdelhamid Mehri University to Ennasr and has been completed by the Alstom-Cosider consortium under a turnkey contract awarded by  EMA in July 2015.

The 6.9km Phase 1 extension opened in June 2019, and that connects Zouaghi station to the new city of Ali Mendjeli.

Alstom provided the integrated system comprising track, catenary, telecommunications and signalling, substations and ticketing equipment. The Citadis LRVs operate via a 750V dc power supply.

The initial 8.1km line was inaugurated in July 2013 and operates from Benabdelmalek to Zouaghi.

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