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EAC accepts railways vital for regional transformation

Published on September 11, 2015

The EAC acknowledges the need to rationalise rail development within the region and to harmonise road and rail transport operations along the main corridors and has therefore, prepared an East African Railways Master Plan to guide the future development of the railway services in the region

Railway transport is the second most important mode of transport after road and critical for long distance freight along the main transport corridors in both Tanzania and Kenya. Tanzania has a total of 3,676 km of railway lines operated by two railway systems, Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) and Tanzania – Zambia Railways (TAZARA). Due to poor conditions of tracks and ageing rolling stock and locomotives, tonnage freight volumes and passenger numbers have continued to fall every year (from 60% of port cargo in the 70s and 80s to 7% currently). Read more. Source | East African Businessweek