Uganda: Rift Valley Railways to Upgrade Goods Shed At Kampala Railway Station

Rift Valley Railways (RVR), the company that got the 25-year concession to manage the railway network in the country is set to rehabilitate and upgrade of the main railway’s goods shed in Kampala.

The overhaul of the goods shed will cover the entire 24 acre site and will be executed in two phases. The first phase, which will revamp the prime land that has been idle, will cost $27m.

The RVR general manager, western, Mark Rumanyika said part of the $27m is available to start work while the rest is being sought. He said the architectural designs have already been circulated to the relevant authorities including the minister of works Abraham Byandala.

“By next week we expect feedback from the authorities and we hope to start work in 2014,” said Rumanyika.

There is no specific figure on how much cargo the terminal will hold once rehabilitation is complete.

Most of the land has been under utilised given as it only houses dilapidated buildings and infrastructure. But RVR intends to turn it into a modern transport terminal capable of electronically tracking, systematically off-loading, handling, storing and managing goods.

Phase one of the project is expected to be completed within two years from approval of the final designs by the city council authorities.

Redesign of the entire area is already underway. The revamping will also handle demolition of dilapidated and non-essential warehouses, administrative blocks, key warehouses and office blocks.

It will also include grading of roads, walkways and re-laying of existing railway tracks to improve on the movement of freight and people.

Rift Valley Railways currently operates a total of 2,541.44 kilometers of track network linking the shores of the Indian Ocean to the agriculturally rich hinterland of the Kenya Highlands and into Kampala, Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria in a 25-year concession agreement signed in 2006.

The East African business community and landlocked Uganda, especially awaits the complete overhaul of the railway line that if fully functional as it would reduce operation costs thereby making the region more competitive.

Uganda suffers from major disruptions mainly caused by an inefficient Mombasa port and broken road network coupled with other barriers like the numerous stops.

A plan from RVR indicates that the overhaul will include the construction of modern goods and fuel Silo’s to increase the storage capacity by more than three-fold.

Kampala Railway Station

Source : allafrica

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