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KCCA Plans to Expand Rail Services Stall Over Funding

Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA Executive Director, says rail transport has helped in decongesting the city as over 3000 passengers use it daily. She however, says their plans to expand rail transport to other routes have set back due to funding gaps.

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA will wait a little longer to implant its plans to extend rail services to Luzira and Nalukolongo due to funding gaps. In December 2015, KCCA and Uganda Railways and Rift Valley Railways commenced passenger train services running twice a day between Kampala and Namanve.

The Authority promised to expand the rail services to Luzira and Nalukolongo as one of the ways to ease congestion in the city. KCCA needs up to Shillings 35 billion   for the expansion but it currently only has Shillings 200m for maintaining the current route.

Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA Executive Director, says rail transport has helped in decongesting the city as over 3000 passengers use it daily. She however, says their plans to expand rail transport to other routes have set back due to funding gaps.

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She says they need more money to install lights in the trains and improve on the entrance into the train as in children and elderly people struggle to access the coaches. The Authority is expected to receive Shillings 337.39bn in the new financial year down from Shillings 561.33bn in the 2016/17 financial year.

 

But Susan Amero, the Amuria Woman Member of Parliament and member of the Presidential Affair's Committee has advised the authority to come up with a list of its priorities and get funding to expand train services.

She promised the committee support to realize funding for the expansion of train services to other city areas.