With this new financing with the Republic of Tunisia and the Tunisian National Railways Company (SNCFT), the European Investment Bank (EIB) is strengthening its support for the development of efficient and sustainable urban transport infrastructure accessible to Tunisians living in the country.
More than 15,600 jobs will be created during the development of the railway project which will provide the city of Tunis with a new 17km rapid transit system with lines D and E. HE Mr Zied Ladhari, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation (MDICI) and Ms Flavia Palanza, Director of EIB Neighborhood Loan Operations, signed a Financing Agreement in Tunis recently.
EUR 83 million to support the construction and commissioning of the new fast rail network in Tunis. The objective is to decongest road access to the capital while reducing air and noise pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The first stretch of line D extends from Tunis City to Gobaa for 11.3 km, with 9 stations, along the existing international railway line between Tunis and Algiers, while the first section of line E s extends from Tunis City to Bougatfa for 8.2 km with 7 stations.
The financing will make it possible, in concrete terms, to purchase the 28 trainsets needed for the new rapid transit system, first-line operation is planned for October 2018. It will also make it possible to finance the construction of new infrastructures essential to this network, such as a center maintenance and additional parking areas at terminated stations.