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Railway Infrastructure Development program


One of the things which has been given special attentions in the GTP (from 2010-2015) is the transport sector where the target set by the end of 2015 is to provide quality transport service at a competitive price. For this, an objective has been set to expand local industries which will produce materials needed for the development of transport infrastructure.


  1. The GTP has given due attention for the   building of Railway Transport networks as railway enable to transport inputs and products in bulk at a reduced cost and time.
  2. The GTP also includes building the capacity of small, medium and large   local metal industries to produce, with their maximum capacity,   inputs needed for building railway infrastructure.
  3. Railway transport will contribute to the creation of an efficient economy through connecting with ports and neighbor countries.
  4. Resources have been mobilized from various sources to cover the high cost of building railway infrastructure.
  5. Efforts are being exerted to produce skilled labor demanded by the railway transport.

When we think of building infrastructure for railway in Ethiopia, building a transport network is the fundamental issue which requires building the capacity of local civil engineering and construction companies through skill and technology transfer which contribute to run railway transport in a sustainable manner. This will help to achieve the following objectives:


  1. To have 40-50 companies engaged in design and civil construction, 20 Metal Engineering and Electromechanical companies capable of building body parts for simple city train.
  2. It will be possible to build  2395km railway   national  networks in three corridors and in five routes /Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Dewele (656km), Awash, Wolidya, Mekele (556km), Woldya,  Semera, Galafie(256), Addis Ababa, Igga, Jimma, Bedele, Mojo, konso, (339km)/.
  3. Infrastructure for a 34km two-corridor city train from north to south and east to west will be completed.
  4. Building this railway network is estimated to demand 359,250 human labors.