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Uganda to Complete Kampala-Malaba Railway Upgrade in February

The contractor, Chinese Railway and Bridge Cooperation (CRBC), says the rehabilitation of the $301 million Kampala-Malaba metre gauge railway line is near completion with 95 percent of the work done.


With funding from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and is due to be completed next month, the phased rehabilitation of the line commenced in February  2022.

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The Kampala multimodal hub had the first phase engineering design including the refurbishment of Kampala-Namanve and Tororo-Malaba sections totalling 28 kilometres.


The second phase covered the Environmental Study and Impact Assessment (ESIA), purchase of workshop equipment and rolling stock, including wagons and locomotives, as well as the rehabilitation of Namanve-Tororo, Port Bell line, Jinja Pier line and Kampala-Kyengera sections totalling 245km.


The railway, which is part of the Northern Corridor of the East African Community linking Kampala to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya, is expected to bolster rail services and lower transportation costs.


“We have rehabilitated over 200 kilometres and are at 95 percent. We have fitted everything, including rails, slippers, compacted stones,” Qin Jian, a CRBC engineer, said in an interview at the weekend.

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