Q: What is the objective of the project?
A: The project objective is to provide modern and efficient rail service to the East African Central Corridor, improve the transport connections of landlocked countries, reduce the overall cost of transport, reduce the load on regional road networks, and to assist in unlocking extensive mining resources.
Q: How many kilometers of greenfield and brownfield work will be completed under this project?
A: The majority of the project is greenfield however beyond the existing central line in Tanzania, an additional 702 km of rail will be built. The existing line from Dar es Salaam to Isaka is 970 km and the standard gauge line will be built parallel to this existing track.
Q: How many kilometers of track will be constructed in each project country?
A: Burundi – 172 km; Rwanda – 123 km; Tanzania – 407 km (new lines), 970 km (parallel to existing line). The total length of the new line is 1672 km.
Q: What will be the axle load of the new rail line?
A: 32.4 tonnes / axle
Q: What traffic volumes expected to support this development?
A: By 2029, traffic levels are expected to be, at minimum, 8.5 million tonnes per year and up to 25 million tonnes per year in the best case scenario.
Q: What tariffs are expected to be charged on the new railway line?
A: Tariffs have not been set however it is expected that they will vary from $0.04US/tkm – $0.08US/tkm
Q: Will passenger services be offered on the new railway?
A: Yes, a provision has been made for passenger services.
Q: How much will the passenger service cost?
A: It will depend on the distance of travel, however a trip from Dar es Salaam to Kigali is expected to cost around TSH 50,000 (2013 currency)
Q: How many people will the railway employ?
A: It is estimated that the new railway will employ approximately 2,000 staff
Q: What will happen to the existing railway?
A: The existing railway on the central corridor will be used to serve other inland destinations, namely Mwanza and Kigoma, including the Mpanda branchline.
Q: How will people along the new line be affected?
A: Households living in the proposed alignment will be given a fair and adequate compensation package to cover their resettlement. This plan was developed using local guidelines for relocation.
Q: How much is the railway going to cost?
A: Initial capital investments, including rolling stock, in the new standard railway are expected to be between $US 5 – 6 billion.
Q: Will a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) be used to implement this project?
A: A decision will be made on the final PPP structure after a final consultation has been done with potential bidders to determine their interest in the project.