The East African Railway Master Plan is a proposal for rejuvenating existing railways serving Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and extending them initially to Rwanda and Burundi and eventually, to South Sudan, Ethiopia and beyond.
The preparation of the Master Plan followed a Summit directive issued in 2004 following the near collapse of the railways system in the region. The Master Plan aims at providing a guide to the development of the railways transport sub-sector in the region over the next 25 years. It proposes strategies for upgrading of the infrastructure and better management of the services, and will present business cases that would attract private sector investments in the sector. The study, which was undertaken by CPCS Transcom of Canada, commenced in September 2007 and was completed in January 2009.
The Community has commenced the construction of a standard gauge railway line on the northern corridor from Mombasa to Malaba with a spur to Juba and to Kigali and ultimately, to Bujumbura. Construction works on the Kenyan section have already began, while the procurement for the Uganda-South Sudan and Uganda-Rwanda-Burundi section is ongoing.