Construction starts for Tanzania’s 3rd standard gauge line

Dar es Salaam – Mwanza SGR Tanzania’s Minister of Works and Transport Makame Mbarawa laid a foundation stone for the construction of Makutupora – Tabora rail, which is the third phase of Dar es Salaam – Mwanza SGR rail project. The official ceremony took place at the Cheyo B stadium in Tabora on April 12, 2022, where the director general of Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), Masanja Kadogosa and various government officials and private companies attended.

The project covers the construction of a 368 km long standard gauge railway of which 294 km represents the mainline while 74 km will be constructed as crossroads connections.

At the beginning of 2022, Tanzania Railways and Yapi Merkezi signed a contract of USD 1.9 billion for the construction of Makutupora – Tabora rail which is expected to be completed in 46 months including the 10-month trial period. The Turkish company will be responsible for the infrastructure works, for the construction of 7 stations, the installation of signalling and telecommunication systems as well as the electrification works.

The standard gauge line will be served by 8 passenger and freight stations in Manyoni, Itigi, Kazikazi, Tura, Malongwe, Goweko, Igalula and Tabora, as well as by the Tabora Central Train Station.

“Our company has already undertaken the construction of the first two phases of the Dar es Salaam – Mwanza SGR rail project in Tanzania, which will be the fastest railway in East Africa,” Erdem Arıoğlu, the vice-chairman of Yapı Merkezi Construction said at the ceremony.

The standard gauge railway project in Tanzania covers a 1,219 km network linking Dar es Salaam port and the city port of Mwanza in north-western Tanzania and will be implemented into five sections.

Tanzania will invest USD 14 billion for the construction of a standard gauge rail network connecting the main cities, industrial areas and ports and will also provide the connections with Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


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