Tanzania’s first electric train to begin operation Dec. 2019
Dar es Salaam, November 14, 2018 (AltAfrica)- The government of Tanzania has announced December 2019 as the commencement date for operations on its phase one electric Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
Government spokesman, Dr Hassan Abbas confirmed the reports and said, the 300Km phase running from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro is 33% complete.
The SGR project is being undertaken by Turkish company Yapi Merkezi, in partnership with a Portuguese firm, Mota-Engil Africa. construction works on the project began in May last.
“The railway in this country was built in 100 years ago, and now we are building the SGR,” said the Government spokesman, Dr Hassan.
Dar es Salaam to Morogoro railway
The Dar es Salaam to Morogoro railway will have 6 stations in Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro. There will be three passenger trains in phase one at the starting point that will be taking daily round trips between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro. Each passenger train is capable of making 9 to 12 trips a day or even more
The train will use concrete sleepers which improve durability and give the railway network capacity to carry up to 35 tonnes per axle loads. The rails can survive to 40 year before any major repairs while the train bridge can survive up to 100 years. The Tanzania SGR will have a speed capacity of 160Km/h in comparison to other SGR’s such as Kenya and South Africa that can move up to 120Km/h.
Benefits of the SGR
Over 26,000 employment opportunities have been created by the US $1.9bn project and more job opportunities will be created in 2019 once the station becomes fully operational. All this is in efforts to make Tanzania a middle-income economy by 2025 through industrialization.
According to Dr. Hassan Abbas, the Director General of Information Department and Government’s Chief Spokesperson, boosting the transport network to reach more regions greatly facilitates the country’s economy. He further added the importance of the network especially to the landlocked countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and DRC.
Currently, the Ethio-Djibouti standard gauge railway project is the first trans-boundary and longest electrified railway in Africa.