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Old April 16th, 2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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ABIDJAN | Public Transport

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French, Korean consortium to build $1.4 billion Abidjan rail line
ABIDJAN Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:47am EDT

(Reuters) - Ivory Coast said it had signed an initial agreement with a consortium including France's Bouygues and South Korea's Hyundai and Dongsan Engineering to build a 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) urban rail line in Abidjan.

French-speaking West Africa's largest economy has been emerging from a decade-long political crisis that ended in a brief civil war in 2011, and the government is now seeking to improve long neglected infrastructure.

The proposed project would involve construction of a 37 km (23 mile) rail line from Abidjan's international airport in the south of the city, through the city center to its northern suburbs.

The line would transport an estimated 300,000 passengers a day, alleviating the traffic jams that currently plague the city of around 5 million inhabitants, the government said in a statement.

"The estimated cost of the project is around 1 billion euros," an official with Ivory Coast's transport ministry said, declining to give a timetable for when construction was expected to begin.

DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics, both units of French industrial group Bouygues (BOUY.PA); Hyundai Motor Group (005380.KS) subsidiary Hyundai Rotem (064350.KS); and Dongsan DGSEN.UL signed the agreement with the government on Friday, a press release stated.

Financing for the project is to come from the private partners, according to the statement. The consortium members will hold a minimum 40 percent stake in the rail line's operating company
Abidjan is going to become the third city in Africa with high-capacity urban rail or metro, and the first to be built outside Northern Africa. Line map from French Wikipedia:



Blue - existing rail
Green - to be built
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Old April 16th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Any news about the Light Rail Line that was proposed some years ago ?
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Old April 17th, 2014, 02:16 AM   #3
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Abidjan is going to become the third city in Africa with high-capacity urban rail or metro, and the first to be built outside Northern Africa.
Actually, Lagos and probably Addis Ababa have high-capacity urban rail being constructed right now, so Abidjan's urban rail line will actually be the fifth city in Africa with high-capacity urban rail/metro, and third outside Northern Africa.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 09:11 AM   #4
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Actually, Lagos and probably Addis Ababa have high-capacity urban rail being constructed right now, so Abidjan's urban rail line will actually be the fifth city in Africa with high-capacity urban rail/metro, and third outside Northern Africa.
Addis Ababa is building light rail, not urban rail. So combination is four/two
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If the map is correct it seems like a very, very cost-effective proposal to implement urban rail. Or will there be more lines built?
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Addis Ababa is building light rail, not urban rail. So combination is four/two
Sorry for mentioning Addis Ababa here. I think their (Addis's) system is either more like the American cities' light rail systems or is a "pre-metro".

But anyway, nice to see another major African city (Abidjan) planning to construct an urban rail/metro system.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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Also need metros in Kinshasa, Nairobi and Rwanda.
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In Kinshasa for the moment they could cope with a BRT (as in Lagos)...Is more affordable to built, and can be effective...
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And what about South Africa? They have at least 3 high capacity "metro" rail networks.
And there are other commuter routes in Guinea (the new chinese "Conakry Express") and Sngal ("le petit Train de Banlieue"). They actually have poor frequencies but they could be improved to become real high capacity lines.
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And what about South Africa? They have at least 3 high capacity "metro" rail networks.
And there are other commuter routes in Guinea (the new chinese "Conakry Express") and Sngal ("le petit Train de Banlieue"). They actually have poor frequencies but they could be improved to become real high capacity lines.
We are meaning metro systems like London Underground or Paris Metro. Gautrain and other mentioning lines are commuter rail systems, not metro rail
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This system seems very similar to the urban rail services implemented in e.g Lagos and Conakry. Or have I misunderstood the map and article?
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This system seems very similar to the urban rail services implemented in e.g Lagos and Conakry. Or have I misunderstood the map and article?
I have the same understanding than you.
It will be a commuter line using an old rail corridor. Just like in Dakar, Conakry, Lagos and Dar el Salam.
There can't be enough funding for "real" metro in Africa outside SAR and Northern Africa. Only Addis Ababa will have a quite decent LRT in the near future.
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Old May 18th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #13
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This very informative video surfaced lat month. It explains a bit more on the project. Seems that the idea after all is not to use the same tracks as SITARAIL but to build new tracks parallel to it. It also shows that phase 1 will not include the Anyama suburb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpwOc_U2-e8
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Old July 8th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #14
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From Railway Gazette:

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Abidjan metro concession signed
08 Jul 2015

CTE D’IVOIRE: A French-Korean consortium signed a build-operate-transfer concession agreement for Abidjan metro Line 1 on July 6.

The consortium comprises Hyundai Rotem (33%), Bouygues subsidiaries DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics (33%), Keolis (25%) and Dongsan Engineering (9%). Hyundai Rotem is to supply rolling stock and signalling, Dongsan Engineering electrification, and DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics and will be responsible for engineering work. Keolis is to operate the line

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Old July 9th, 2015, 01:36 AM   #15
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Didn't they break ground on a circular light rail line last year?
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From Metro Report

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Macron joins Abidjan metro groundbreaking
13 Dec 2017







CTE D’IVOIRE: Construction work on the Abidjan metro project was formally inaugurated on November 30 by President Alassane Ouattara and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron with a ceremony at the site of the future Treichville station.

Visiting the region for an Africa-Europe summit, Macron said the urban rail service would ‘change the life’ of the city’s residents, as well as encouraging economic development. Reducing the use of private cars would also contribute to the wider climate change agenda, he believed.

The French government is providing €14bn to support development of the north-south line as part of a €21bn package agreed in July. The 379 km route connecting Port-Bout and Anyama will have 20 stations and is expected to carry 500 000 passengers per day

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Great video displaying awesome renders of the future system
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