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Africa: Upcoming urban rail projects [free access]

November 1, 2016

Development of urban rail, though a relatively new phenomenon in Africa, is picking up pace. Currently, over 895 km of urban rail lines are planned for the region. Among the countries, South Africa has the largest share (in terms of length) of urban rail projects in the pipeline, followed by Egypt and Algeria. South Africa’s Gautrain Expansion Project alone will add a length of 140 km.

 

Table: Country-wise new urban rail lines and extensions in Africa

Project Name

Developer

Length (km)

No. of stations

Current stage

Algeria

Algiers Metro Ain Naadja-Baraki Line

Entreprise Métro d’Alger/ Algiers Metro Authority (EMA)

6

6

In planning

Algiers Metro El Harrach-Airport Line

 EMA

10

4

In planning

Algiers Metro Grande Poste-Lower Casbah Line

EMA

1.69

2

In planning

Annaba Tramway Line 1

EMA

21.8

35

Under construction

Constantine Tramway Phase 2

EMA

13.2

14

Under construction

Mostaganem Tramway

EMA

14.12

24

Under construction

Oran Metro Line 1

EMA

19

20

Under planning

Ouargla Tramway

EMA

12.6

23

Under construction

Sétif Tramway Phase 1

EMA

22.7

30

Under construction

Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan Commuter Rail

Ministry of Transport                

37.5

Not available

Under planning

Egypt

Cairo Metro Line 2 Extension

National Authority for Tunnels (NAT)

8.8

To be announced

Under planning

Cairo Metro Line 3 Phase 4A

NAT

5.7

5 (all underground)

Under construction

Cairo Metro Line 4 Phase 1

NAT

19

17

Under planning

Cairo Metro Line 5

NAT

20 (underground)

17

Under planning

Cairo Metro Line 6

NAT

30 (10 km elevated and 20 km underground)

24 (4 elevated and 20 underground)

Under planning

Cairo Monorail

Government of Egypt

52 (elevated) 

17 (12 in Phase I and 5 in Phase II)

Under construction

Kenya

Nairobi Commuter Rail

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) and InfraCo Africa

Not available

13

Under planning

Morocco

Casablanca Tram Line 2

Casa Transports SA

15

To be announced

Under planning

Casablanca Tram Line 3

Casa Transports SA

14

To be announced

Under planning

Casablanca Tram Line 4

Casa Transports SA

14

To be announced

Under planning

Rabat Salé Tramway Extension

Société du Tramway de Rabat Salé (STRS).

20

4+

Under planning

Nigeria

Abuja Light Rail

FCT Transportation Secretariat (project developer)

285 (6 lots), Phase I comprises Lots 1A and 3

12 (Phase I)

Phase I is under construction.

Ibadan Light Rail

Oyo state government

24

To be announced

Under planning

Lagos Light Rail

Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), under the Lagos State Government (LSG)

27 (Blue Line), 32 (Red Line); a total of 7 lines planned

11 (Blue Line), 13 (Red Line)

Under construction

South Africa

Blue Downs Commuter Rail Corridor

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

11.5

To be announced

Under planning

Gautrain Expansion

Gautrain is being developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Gauteng provincial government and the Bombela Concession Company (Bombela).

140

At least 31

Under planning

Tunisia

Tunis Réseau Ferroviaire Rapide Phase 1

Société du Réseau Ferroviaire Rapide (RFR)

17.9 (Phase I)

14 (Phase I)

Under construction

Source: Global Mass Transit