ADDIS ABABA LIGHT RAIL PROJECT REACHES FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION

ADDIS ABAB, April 14– Construction of the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has entered the stage of electric traction works, which is a final phase in the construction of the electrified rail system.

The power traction works started last Friday on the West-East Line of the light rail transit from Megenagna to Ayat in the Ethiopian capital.

The power traction works include installation of electric poles and overhead wires to power the light rail units as well as construction of 18 traction sub stations, nine on each of the east-west and north-south directions of the transit system.

The power traction work is the final phase of the 34-kilometre light railway project, project manager Behaylu Sintayehu said.

The light rail system will rely on 15 kilovolt of power supplied mainly from overhead wires. Power cuts will not be a concern for the smooth operation of the transit as the LRT will have a dedicated power supply through a grid system, officials of Ethiopian Railways Corporation said.

The construction of the transit system, launched in 2012, is progressing well with nearly 60 per cent of its construction so far completed.

Tracks have so far been laid on 17 km, half of the total length of the project, according to the project manager.

SOURCE: ENA

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