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Northern Uganda Railway line opened, expected to serve South Sudan and DRC

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September 17, 2013 (KAMPALA) - A key rail route that has been dysfunction for the last 20 years has been opened with the first train arriving on Saturday in the northern Uganda town of Gulu, about 120 km from the Uganda –South Sudan border.

The railway line is expected to boost exports to South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The first train arrived in Gulu for the first time in two decades with a cargo of steel from the Kenyan port of Mombasa destined for Juba, South Sudan.

The 500 kms line has been renovated at a cost of US$ 2 million by the rail operator, Rift Valley Railway (RVR).

Cosmas Gatere an official of RVR said of the opening of the route: "This new service will play a vital role in promoting regional integration and trade by accessing areas hitherto closed to rail transportation."

The opening of the route has been welcomed by freight companies.

"We are excited by the logistical options the opening of the line presents through combinations of rail and last-mile road delivery both for imports and exports. We will now be able to provide more efficient cargo transport to customers along routes in northern Uganda, eastern DRC and South Sudan, and avoid long trips by roads", said Heinz Mueller, Managing Director, Spedag Interfreight, a leading freight and forwarding company in East Africa.

South Sudan has since 2007 been Uganda’s leading trade partner, according to the World Bank. The re-opening of the railway to northern Uganda is viewed as an attempt to harness trade benefits between the two countries.

(ST)

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  • 18 September 2013 07:52, by Chol A.

    North Ugandan were now very happy about opening of railway line while this criminal in Kampala use to attack our people still doing it instead of thanks for clearing LRA which was thorn to them. the Present of LRA was mean problem which made this rail not operational now it clear. the same thing will go to Pakwach up Arua soon.

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  • 18 September 2013 09:01, by Thondet Manyang

    That is good news we keep our good relationship with Eastern African Community. Things will improve though there are misunderstandings only for job seekers (unemployed Youth) for Boda Boda. I love East African Country for their educational, economical, Militarily and Moral support during war and beyond.

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  • 18 September 2013 09:10, by Thondet Manyang

    That is good news we keep our good relationship with Eastern African Community. Things will improve though there are misunderstandings only for job seekers (unemployed Youth) for Boda Boda. I love East African Country for their educational, economical, Militarily and Moral support during war and beyond.

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