Ayacucho tramway line supplied by Alstom and NTL enters into commercial service
M. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, M. Sergio Fajardo Valderrama, Governor of Antioquia, M. Anibal Gaviria Correa, Mayor of Medellín, Mrs Claudia Patricia Restrepo, General Director of Metro de Medellin, M. Michel Bocaccio, Senior Vice President of Alstom Transport Latin America, and M. Olivier Brihaye, NTL Sales Director Latin America inaugurated on 20 October the Ayacucho tramway line, in Medellin, Colombia. The line – which has been partially open since 15 October – is scheduled to be fully operational as from 30 November. It is 4.3 km-long and includes 9 stations and is expected to transport 85,000 passengers per day.
In April 2012, the city of Medellin ordered 12 Translohr STE5 trams (each 39 metres long) from NTL. The NTL trams are highly efficient and offer exceptional benefits in terms of their insertion into the urban landscape, including a clearance gauge of 5.18 metres and a turning radius of 10.5 metres. The trams can easily run on gradients of up to 13%, particularly relevant for the Ayacucho line which includes slopes with gradients of 12%. This enables cost-optimization of the whole system: less civil works, reduced infrastructure costs and smaller maintenance facilities.