South Africa's rail network to get major investment

23 March 2011

Plans are to be unveiled that will show how South Africa's rail network will be improved.

Officials from the government are heading to Rail Tech Europe in the Netherlands to present their programme, entitled NATMAP 2050, reports.

Lanfranc Situma, deputy director general of transport for South Africa, is among those who are attending the event.

The country has decided to turn to trains in an attempt to rectify its transport infrastructure, as the roads and air cannot handle the volume of work.

It is thought the nation is looking to become the hub of rail development in the continent, with public transport systems expected to grow at a pace in the next few years.

"The master plan NATMAP 2050 includes ambitious plans for improving and expanding the railway network in South Africa," the news provider observed.

It comes after it was reported by the East African that $20 billion (£12.2 billion) is needed to regenerate the transport infrastructure of the East African Community.

Category: Transport

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