Longest rail tunnel in North Africa progressing well

02 November 2017

The Chinese firm working on Gantas railway tunnel the longest railway tunnel in North Africa has announced that it has officially finished cutting through the tunnel, a major achievement for a project that has been underway for over six years in Algeria.

According to China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), the rocky terrain posed significant challenge leading to its suspension in 2011. “Geological challenges posed by the expansive rocky terrain had to be overcome during the construction of the railway tunnel,” the firm said in a statement.

Wang Wenzhong, the Vice President of the CRCC, says the tunnel would be a pivotal point for railways in northern Algeria and boost economic growth along the line.

Algeria believes that the new railway would greatly improve transportation for people and goods once completed, cutting the travel time between Algiers and Oran from four hours to two hours.

The tunnel is located 100 km west of Algiers and comprises two separate tubes at 7,346 m long in one lane and 7,335 m long in the other, each for just one track. A total length of 14.68 km, it is the longest railway tunnel in North Africa. The Gantas railway tunnel in Algeria created more than 4,100 jobs for local people.

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