Eiffage starts work on Dakar regional express train project in Senegal under a contract worth more than €370 million
Eiffage officially launched the first (infrastructure) phase of construction of the Dakar regional express train (TER) link at a ceremony attended by Senegal’s President Macky Sall on December 14. This project will put Dakar city centre just 45 minutes away from the future Blaise-Diagne international airport (AIBD), with trains running every 15 minutes. There will also be local trains stopping at 14 suburban stations, with two new stations at Diamniadio and Blaise-Diagne airport.
The contract worth €373.5 million (245 billion CFA francs) was awarded by the Senegalese Government – the project owner, represented by the APIX investment promotion and major projects agency – to a consortium including Eiffage (leader with a 45% share) through its Eiffage Génie Civil, Eiffage Rail and Eiffage Senegal subsidiaries, along with Turkish company Yapi Merkezi and Senegal’s CSE (Compagnie Sahélienne d’Entreprise).
The project entails designing and constructing 55 kilometres of high-speed electric railway line (for speeds up to 160 km/h) with two tracks at UIC standard gauge, and shifting and renovating the existing metric gauge track. Passenger and freight traffic will continue to run during the work which will involve replacing existing level crossings with 35 engineering structures (grade-separated crossings and railway bridges), moving secondary roads and building 46 footbridges.
Work on the project’s two stages of 37 km between Dakar and Diamniadio and 18 km between Diamniadio and Blaise-Diagne airport is to be completed in 41 months.