Uganda Resumes Works on Rail Link to Rwanda

Construction works on East Africa's ambitious standard gauge railway line linking the port of Mombasa to Kampala and Kigali could soon be revived, following a deal inked between Uganda and Turkish firm, Yapi Merkezi.

Yapi Merkezi is the same company contracted for the Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway.

The planned 1,500 km-long railway from Mombasa to Kigali had fallen behind schedule, with only Kenya having completed the initial phase of the project from Mombasa to Nairobi.

It is not yet clear when construction works are set to begin, but Uganda says it had previously completed the feasibility and designs for the 273 km-long line between Malaba, in Kenya, and Kampala. The Ugandan section is estimated to cost U.S.$2.3 billion, reports Edwin Ashimwe for The New Times.


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