Study on rail link between Angola and Zambia costs US$4.9 million

17 March 2015

The African Development Fund (ADF) will provide funding of US$4.9 million for a study to upgrade Angola’s transport plan, including the connection of the national rail network to Zambia, according to a presidential order.

The order approves the financing agreement for a study of the update of the Master Plan for the Transport Sector, signed by the Republic of Angola and the ADF.

The project aims to draw up a strategy and policy for the national transport network “as well as conduct a preliminary feasibility study on the rail link between Benguela railroad and Zambia.

Reconstruction of the Angolan railways, destroyed by civil war, between 2005 and 2015, cost about US$3.5 billion, as announced on 14 February by the Angolan Transport Minister, Augusto da Silva Tomás.

Reconstruction of the three railways, built during the colonial period – Benguela, Luanda and Moçâmedes – involved 2,612 kilometres of network and the construction of 151 railway stations. (macauhub/AO)

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