With towns and cities around the world experiencing increased congestion and pollution, the integration of more efficient, environmentally friendly urban transport networks continues to be a key focus for local and regional governments.
One company driving the transition towards innovative sustainable transport systems is Alstom SA, a leading green and smart mobility solutions provider. Operating globally within this sector, Alstom creates smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. The company designs and manufactures a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions.
In Algeria, Alstom’s operations span more than 60 years, supplying integrated tramway systems to the cities of Algiers, Oran and Constantine. Alstom also helped set up the Sétif Tramway project, supplying 26 Citadis trams for the first public tramway in the city of Sétif.
This successful and reliable service gives citizens the freedom to travel faster and further across the city, but the trams’ continued operation means that the vehicles are inevitably susceptible to occasional wear and tear issues that impact service. This was recently exemplified when Sétif engineers discovered that the tram headlights were being broken by the collection of water and stones entering small holes due to the surrounding desert conditions. Facing the potential of an extremely disruptive issue, the Alstom Warranty Team contacted its internal experts to tackle the issue.
“Due to the persistent problem, we were approached with a request for spare parts to plug the holes and prevent any further damage to the trams,” explains Aurélien Fussel, AM Program Manager at Alstom.