RVR to Extend Train Services to Northern Uganda After I8 Years

Repair Work on the northern Uganda Railway line in progress

Repair Work on the northern Uganda Railway line in progress

RVR the concessionaire for the Uganda-Kenya Railway is in the final stage of resuming railway services to northern Uganda.

RVR is currently completing repair works on the 500 kilometer Northern line which has been out of operation for the last 18 years due to insecurity and vandalism.

The line runs between Tororo – Mbale – Kumi – Soroti – Lira – Gulu and Pakwach.

The General Manager of RVR Uganda Mark Rumanyika said the Northern line is a very important part of their concession and will play an increasingly strategic role in their business development.

Rumanika said the northern Uganda railway line is strategic because landlocked Southern Sudan has become independent and the discovery of commercially viable Hydro Carbons in the Albertine region of Uganda.

“Work on the northern line which cost almost 2 million dollars commenced on the 19th November 2012 and involved a three- phased approach. The first phase which includes clearing of bushes, weeding, and removal of anthills was undertaken by Kato contractors, a Ugandan Engineering company”. Rumanika explained.

The second phase involved restoration of washed out areas due to flooding especially in Soroti and installation of new culverts.

The final phase which has been concluded involved replacement of vandalized locations.” A total of 10% of the line has been restored” Rumanyika remarked.

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  The Economic Benefit

“RVR is working very closely with the government of Uganda to ensure the project is a success because we both understand the stakes involved and potential impact this project can have on the Northern region, to the country and the East African community as a whole”.

The RVR General Manager says the opening up the central economies to the rest of the world is one of the most important aspects of the East African integration project and that the new railway line will speed up the process. EAC and we fully

Rehabilitation of the Northern Railway line in Uganda is one of the major transformation projects aimed at improving the business in Uganda.

RVR has also repaired and replaced nine major culverts between Busembatia and Jinja in Uganda.

It also overhauled of 365 wagons in a KFW funded project. Others include, overhauling of 8 locomotives, the replacement of 70km of railway line between Mombasa & Nairobi, the Automatic Train warranty project as other business process improvement projects that RVR rolled out this year.

About RVR

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) is the Kenya-Uganda concessionaire operating freight and passenger rail services in Kenya and Uganda on an exclusive basis. The company was founded in 2006 and has been granted a 25 year mandate to operate railway services on 2,000 kilometers of track linking the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa in Kenya with the interiors of both Kenya and Uganda, including Kampala.

RVR is owned by the following shareholders: Citadel Capital, through its subsidiary Ambiance Ventures51%; TransCentury, through its subsidiary Safari Rail Limited 34% and Bomi Holdings 15%.

 

 

 

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