Sudan president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has pledged to restore the national railway network following decades of negligence and mismanagement, Sudan Tribune reports.
Bashir, who was speaking in an electoral rally in the city of Atbara in the River Nile state on Sunday, said there is “no alternative for the railway except the railway”.
Atbara is an important railway junction and railroad manufacturing centre. It is known as the “Railway City” and was the headquarters for the Sudan Railways Corporation (SRC).
In his speech, Bashir considered restoration and development of the railway network a national project, vowing to implement the project by building wide railways for express trains.
SRC currently owns 60 working trains but it can run as fast as 40 kilometres per hour (km/h) due to weak and limited capacity of the rails.