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Strategic Network Planning

Client: Ethiopian Railway Corporation, Jun - July 2009

Ethiopian Railway

Able to provide early input into the railway development process, the Railway Consultancy undertook demand and operational planning for the proposed standard-gauge National Railway Network of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a country whose sole existing railway is the largely-defunct Addis Ababa-Djibouti metre gauge line. The alignment of this has been subject to a number of problems, as the picture shows. As a result, the economic development of the country is being severely hindered. It is hoped that the new railway (which, in due course, is hoped to reach all regions of the country) will enable the country’s mineral resources to be exploited, as well as providing better-quality public transport passenger services. The economic case for the line to Djibouti is extremely strong, and contracts for its construction are now being let.

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