Details of Addis light rail project around Adwa

Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) revealed details of the Addis Light Rail Project around Adwa and St Abune Petros squares, which were centers of confusion recently.

The detailed design shows the rail route, which commences from Adwa Square, will be an underground tunnel stretching up to two kilometers.

“As a result, the statue of King Menelik will remain intact,” Dr Getachew Betru, director of ERC, said at a press conference held jointly with other stakeholders on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

“The statue will not be affected by the project neither during the construction nor operations phase,” the director stressed.

The construction, however, will not spare the statue of St Abune Petros, which was erected in 1941 in memory of the archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church who was killed by fascist Italian invaders for his support of the national patriots’ movement against Italian aggressors.

“The statue of his holiness will be removed during the construction phase as it is en route the underground tunnel,” Getachew said. “But this is only temporary and it will be erected once the construction is completed.”

The contractor, China Railway Group Limited (CREC), had fenced the area and digging of a 20 meters deep tunnel for the concrete wall is underway.

Gebrestadik Hagos, head of the city’s Culture and Tourism Bureau, said a committee, which will oversea the removal and subsequent reinstatement of the statue of St. Abune Petros is set up. The committee is comprised of the city’s Culture and Tourism Bureau, Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Authority, Addis Ababa City Roads Authority and ERC.

“The task of removing and temporarily erecting the statue at the national museum will be delicately carried out,” Yonas Desta, Director of Addis Ababa Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Authority, said on the occasion. “The statue will be reinstated at exactly the same place,” Yonas assured.

"Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit"

Design of the Urael area – The two line rail tracks extend 17.35Km from east to west direction stretching from Ayat Village to Tor Hailoch passing through Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico. In the north to south direction, a 16.9Km rail track will pass through Menelik Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square, Gotera and Kaliti.

ERC commenced the 34.25 km double track electrified light rail transit project in December 2011 after securing funds from Exim Bank of China.

"Design of the Mexico round about"

Design of the Mexico round about – The Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit will have a total of 41 rails each with a capacity to carry 286 passengers. This will enable the light rail transit to provide transportation service to 15,000 people per hour in one direction and 60,000 in all four directions.

The two line rail tracks extend 17.35Km from east to west direction stretching from Ayat Village to Tor Hailoch passing through Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico. In the north to south direction, a 16.9Km rail track will pass through Menelik Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square, Gotera and Kaliti. The two directions will have a common track of about 2.8Km.

The Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit will have a total of 41 rails each with a capacity to carry 286 passengers. This will enable the light rail transit to provide transportation service to 15,000 people per hour in one direction and 60,000 in all four directions.

The corporation plans to complete 42 percent of the total project this budget year, including 80 percent of soil and civil works.

Source: (WIC)

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16 Comments

  • Habtom says:

    This is our dream ,Ethiopia it will be great in short time, this is good job , God bless Ethiopia!!!!

  • jojo says:

    as the plan shows it takes a long journy and very expencive project .
    i have my idea keeping the base of the real designe let me start from ayat sefer .ayat sefer who are very a head of from the starded of living in addis and those residence aroud this area they dont use this train cose fast all have automobil so i take the train start point adisu shola ! from there where transportaion is very important and dencely populated area …this i streach it out through megenagna and pass through urael and via kazanchis through commerce bank and run to tekelhaymanot ….the other direction to way of mexico road and down to delgebya ..and the new sebeta road .the teklahaymanot pass through meslemiya and join the merkato area .dispatch from the center of yedero legehar i prolong to kaliti down to meskel squre and bend tosaint joseph school and down to kaliti the phase is now closed .by the next one sedest killo to bole straech …..and in town like …it goes on this plan is going where the road constarction already is there and very simlarly cheap way of rail constarction .what with menilik squre and petros adebabay not nesseserly ….that could take place like trum which side to side with automobil run with the capacity of 120-150 passenger that could enough as population who really use the train accesebltiy .(who affored it ) so .i think i can send you CADanonyms design.like you put it .
    even the road costruction of Bole is very expencive may be it can be high standerd of road way .from this point of view i would like at the same time for trum at the middl of the plane road .which is rather thousend taxis witch very old and uncomfortabel passenger take trum via mesekl squre or kaliti or adisu shola ….let us learn and correct me but befor that just wait my desigen may be can bring a littel bitte change .
    otherways i am so proud of the quick development and a vast project every where in ethiopia .
    i thank you

  • MAHDE says:

    I am really surprised by those people that are saying that Ethiopian government consciously removed statue of abune Petros and Menlik.EVRYBODY KNOWS THAT THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM OF TRANSPORTATION IN ADDIS ABABA SO THE PROJECT WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM I DON’T THINK THAT PEOPLES MUST SUFFER BY INALIENABILITY OF TRANSPORTATION IN ORDER TO SAVE THE STATUES

  • Bini says:

    God bless Ethiopia & the people of ethiopian & the government !

  • fetu says:

    it was better if the build the route under ground. just think about train station in the middle of a street. it will be very dangerous. yefejewn fejeto tunnel west behone teru neber. im just hopping.

  • benga says:

    one day all people will be happy by own country

  • Mehari seged says:

    I’m happy

  • Teferi Lu. says:

    I rely appreciate.
    We will do by the power of GOD.

  • tt says:

    the light rail should touch the new stadium that is going to be built in gorge and the bole air port, or the new air port to be built at mojo

  • tatek says:

    good work keep going and up for the next we are waiting for Metro too

  • mazi says:

    Very happy, God bless you and bless Ethiopia

  • Tesfaye says:

    Nice please move forward. Do not discourage by those talkative people from Europe and America.
    Thanks

  • Azeb Tamrat says:

    we Are lucky I Didn’t say any thing………………………

  • Azeb Tamrat says:

    Very happy, God bless you and bless Ethiopia

  • Asfaw says:

    1.Please any one can brief me about the previous rail (line)alignment which starts from legehar- kality-kaki why the designer of light rail route not use or improve this previous rail line.may be it reduces ROW(right of way)problem and availability of MUT (median u-Turn)
    2. Design speed of train(80km/h) for this 37.234(17.35km and 16.9km and 2.8km common truck length)short length and station interval of passengers bay is it practical or applicabel?

  • Habtamu Melissie says:

    wow it is a nice work. one day i hope Ethiopia is the best country from the world 10 Q all of you……..!!””!!

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