African countries sign deal for new rail links

To Americans who say that we can’t afford new infrastructure, this news from some of Africa’s poorest countries.

China Railway to Link Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan

East African leaders have agreed a deal with China to construct a $3.8bn railway connecting Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan to replace a century-old British colonial rail track.

The first stage of the project will connect the Kenyan cities of Mombasa and Nairobi. It will be 90% funded by the Exim Bank of China. The rest of the money will come from the Kenyan government.

Construction of the first section is expected to take three and a half years before it is extended to Kampala (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), Bujumbura (Burundi) and Juba (South Sudan).

Passenger trains will be able to travel at a top speed of 120km/h (75mph) – significantly boosting transport efficiency and local economies.

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