Regional rail operator Rift Valley Railways (RVR) is set to change the transport and logistics landscape within East Africa after rebuilding and reopening the Tororo-Gulu-Pakwach railway line to northern Uganda.
The 500km railway track which was last in operation in 1993 is now open for business following recently completed repairs on the track, bridges and culverts that had been destroyed following two decades of disuse.
The rehabilitation was fully funded by RVR at a cost of $2 million to facilitate freight cargo access by rail to northern Uganda and allow much easier transhipment by road to Juba in South Sudan and Eastern DRC.
The first train carrying steel imports for Juba from the port of Mombasa was received in Gulu on September 14th. Spedag Interfreight, a leading pan-African logistics company, will transship the goods by road to Juba.
RVR’s external affairs director, Cosma Gatere said the new service will play a vital role in promoting regional integration and trade by accessing areas hitherto closed to rail transportation.
Working with logistics partners and our own logistics subsidiary, East Africa Rail and Handling, RVR will provide end-to-end transport and delivery solutions for customers inthis importantpart of East Africa”.
Spedag Interfreight Managing Director Heinz Mueller applauded RVR for the move saying that by re-opening the northern line, the company had made a big step forward in boosting growth of businesses in and near northern Uganda.
RVR will be expanding its presence in Gulu with a view to making the town a logistical hub for its operations in northern Uganda and the surrounding regions.