Any news about the Light Rail Line that was proposed some years ago ?
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:http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/14/us-ivorycoast-train-idUSBREA3D14020140414
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
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.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.
Addis Ababa is building light rail, not urban rail. So combination is four/twoActually, 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.
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".Addis Ababa is building light rail, not urban rail. So combination is four/two
We are meaning metro systems like London Underground or Paris Metro. Gautrain and other mentioning lines are commuter rail systems, not metro railAnd 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 Sénégal ("le petit Train de Banlieue"). They actually have poor frequencies but they could be improved to become real high capacity lines.
I have the same understanding than you.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?
Abidjan metro concession signed
08 Jul 2015
CÔTE 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