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Kenya is on course to complete a new Chinese-funded 472km standard-gauge railway line linking Mombasa with Nairobi in the second half of 2017. Shem Oirere reports from Nairobi on progress so far and assesses the project’s prospects for success. THE 12-hour train journey from Kenya’s capital Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa, 483km away, has taken on a different feel in recent months. Construction crews are hard at work to complete a new standard-gauge line which runs alongside the colonial-era metre-gauge railway and is promising to reduce the same journey by eight hours from June 2017.   The new

The East Perth railway station is located next to the Public Transport Centre on the Midland Line in Perth, Western Australia. Operated by Transperth, the station is currently being upgraded as part of the Perth Stadium Transport Infrastructure project and the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) programme of Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) improvements. The $25m station upgrade project is managed by the PTA and funded by the Western Australian Government under the public transport infrastructure investment as part of a $358m integrated transport solution for the new Perth Stadium. The station will be used by approximately 7,500 of the 60,000 people

Rail transport in the Johannesburg area of South Africa entered a new era in 2011 with the opening of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. The project will serve the Gauteng area with a rapid transport service, providing a safe, efficient and reliable service to both commuters and airport travellers. The Gautrain project has been the subject of extensive planning, following feasibility studies in the late 1990s to produce the first plans for a north-south and east-west rail route serving the Gauteng Province. As with many other rapid transit projects, Gautrain is aimed at reducing road congestion and aiding economic development.

With a population of approximately 17 million, Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in Africa. Operated by Egyptian National Railways (ENR), its railway system transports nearly 500 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight each year. Cairo Metro is the first metro network in Africa and has been operational since 1990. The network consists of two lines, and a further two are planned. Lines and routes Completed in 1987, Line 1 is 42.5km-long with 33 stations. It covers the Egyptian capital from the north to the south. Line 2, was built in two phases, one in

The 752.7km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway modernisation project, also known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, is the first modern electrified railway line in East Africa. The project is jointly owned the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti and constructed by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The modernisation is expected to provide landlocked Ethiopia with faster access to the port of Djibouti. In November 2015, the first freight services on the line began. The first train containing 1,125t of international food assistance departed from Djibouti to Ethiopia in December 2015. The line was formally inaugurated for passenger services in

The Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya Railway Project is a new railway line being constructed between Awash and Woldia, Ethiopia. Project owner Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) is investing $1.7bn in the project. Construction of the new line commenced in February 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2017. The new railway line will connect northern and central Ethiopia. It will also link the country’s northern and eastern transportation networks. Background, purpose and benefits of the Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya railway project “The new railway line will connect northern Ethiopia with the country’s central region.” The Ethiopian Government has been undertaking several transportation