Published:  12:13 AM, 07 November 2019

Uganda revamps century-old rail network

Uganda revamps century-old rail network

Uganda will begin refurbishing its century-old rail network this month to boost bulk cargo transportation, after failing to secure $2.2 billion in Chinese funding for a new standard-gauge line, a senior rail official said on Wednesday.

The rehabilitation will be carried out in phases over several years and cost at least 241 million euros ($267 million), Charles Kateeba, managing director of the state-run Uganda Railways Corporation, told Reuters.

The European Union has given a grant of 21.5 million euros and the railway corporation is talking to international development lenders for the rest.

---Reuters, Kampala

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