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The first 207 km phase of the new SGR line will run from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. Credit: Tanzania’ Ministry for Works, Transport and Communications
Tanzania’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Eng. Isack Kamwele said first trials for the country’s high speed train will be conducted in July this year. He was speaking last week at the launch of the flash butt welding of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) exercise that took place at Soga in Coastal region outside Dar es Salaam.
The project is part of the upgrading of Dar es Salaam-Mwanza/Dar es Salaam-Kigoma railway line into a SGR.
The first 207 km phase of the new line will run from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. The line is set to begin operations in December 2019. There will be three passenger trains in phase one that will be doing daily round trips between the two cities.
So far, over 26,000 employment opportunities have been created by the US1.9bn project and more job opportunities will be created in subsequent phases of line extension which will reach neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda once fully complete.
President John Magufuli announced the new high speed rail project back in April 2017.Source: Green Building Africa