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Sudan inaugurates north-south railway.

Sudan has opened a railway linking the north and south to provide a crucial economic link and lower commercial transportation costs. The 446km railway was originally built in the 1960s and will reconnect the town of Babanusa in central Sudan to Wau in the south.

There are few roads between the south and the north and these become almost impassable during the long rainy season, but the railway should provide a year-round alternative for both passengers and freight.

The railway's repair and upgrade was paid for by the World Bank-administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF). Two thirds of the $46m cost was provided by the Sudanese government, the remainder funded by international donors. Commercial passenger operations are expected to commence as soon as a ticketing system has been organised. An international tender has also been published seeking bids to extend the railway from Wau through to three other southern towns including Juba, and then on to northern Uganda.

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Title Annotation:Transport
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:0BANK
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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