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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Railway transport will contribute to the creation of an efficient economy through connecting with ports and neighbor countries.
- Resources have been mobilized from various sources to cover the high cost of building railway infrastructure.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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)/.
- Infrastructure for a 34km two-corridor city train from north to south and east to west will be completed.
- Building this railway network is estimated to demand 359,250 human labors.