Rail transport in Burkina Faso
There are 622 kilometres of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge railway in Burkina Faso which run from Kaya to the border with Côte d'Ivoire. As of June 2014 'Sitarail' operates a passenger train three times a week along the route from Ouagadougou to Abidjan. Journey time is 43 to 48 hours.
The following towns of Burkina Faso are served by the country's railways:
- Ouagadougou (national capital)
- Ziniaré (service suspended)
- Kaya terminus
- (for 3MTpa manganese - 2014)?
- Kaya (terminus)
- Dori (approx. 100 km of the extension from Kaya to Dori; visible on Google Earth dated 15/2/07)
- Tambao (manganese), near Niger/Mali borders
Pan African Minerals to develop the Tambao manganese project at a cost of up to $1 billion. The manganese mine is in the north of Burkina Faso, near the border with Niger and Mali, containing perhaps 100 million tonnes of the metal (used in steel production). "The Tamboa project is an integrated project with a mining component and an infrastructure component, notably through the roads, railway and the port," said Romanian billionaire Frank Timis. "The project will happen in the next three years and will require investment of nearly $1 billion."
Ghana and Ivory Coast sign a deal to develop a through rail link.
- Rail transport in Ghana; Ghana Railway Corporation
- Transport in Burkina Faso
- West Africa Regional Rail Integration
- European Rail Timetable, Summer 2014 Edition.
- "Railway Gazette: Essential renewals must pave the way for ambitious expansion strategy". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "Railway Gazette: News in Brief". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
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- Times Atlas of the World 2007 p85
- RailwayAfrica July 2009, p9
- UNHCR Map shows extension to Tambao
- Burkina Faso gives green light for $1 bln manganese mine, Reuters
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