Ivory Coast has signed an addendum approving the technical and financial offer for the Abidjan rail transport company.

The addendum which was signed by Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Emmanuel Macron, President of France, confirms the route of the future Line 1 of the Abidjan metro network.

The rail line will be 37 kilometers long serving 18 stations from the north to the south of the Ivorian capital of Abidjan. Building this overground metro will require the construction of 24 bridges, one viaduct over a lagoon, 34 pedestrian footbridges and eight underpasses.

The project will be executed by a combination of French companies including Bouygues Travaux Publics, Colas Rail and Alstom. The construction phase of Line 1 of the Abidjan Metro, which will begin with excavation work will start at the end of 2020.

The kick of date of the project is dependent on two conditions which include; the Ivorian State making all the land available and the finalization of financing for the project in conjunction with the French authorities. When completed it will be capable of carrying 500,000 passengers per day.

Ivory Coast has a total of  660 kilometers of railway most of them built during the French colonial period. The lines links the port city of Abidjan with Ouagadougou, and the capital of Burkina Faso.

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