On 13 April 2023, Government of Uganda through Ministry of Works and Transport and Uganda Railways Corporation as implementing agency, signed a contract with China Roads and Bridge Corporation to rehabilitate 382 kilometers of the Tororo – Gulu meter gauge railway line. This was followed by a ground breaking ceremony in Tororo on 4 August 2023 marking the commencement of works on a line that has not been operational for 30 years.
The railway line railway traverses through Mbale, Soroti, Lira before terminating at the Gulu Logistics Hub (GLH). The Hub is designed to facilitate transportation, collection, separation, consolidation and distribution of goods for national and international transit on a commercial basis.
The rehabilitation works for the Tororo – Gulu line will take a period of 2 years and are fully funded by the Government of Uganda at UShs. 199.9 billion as part of the efforts to increase the stock and quality of strategic infrastructure to accelerate Uganda’s competitiveness and creating the integrated transport infrastructure and services in the country.
Drainage Improvement (includes Construction of new culverts and Lining of side drains), Earthworks, Relocation of Utilities, Rehabilitation of 5 steel girder bridges, Railway Track Relaying Works (including ballasting), Supply of new railway track materials, Refurbishment of existing railway track materials, Construction of level crossings including signage (concrete and gravel).