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After five years of work, “finally” the regional express train is rolling in Senegal

A little gem that cost more than a billion euros, the highly anticipated Regional Express Train (TO HAVE) was inaugurated by Senegalese President Macky Sall. The ambitious project will aim to relieve congestion in the Senegalese capital, which is suffocating under traffic jams and to facilitate links with the outer suburbs.

It took five years of work and more than 780 billion francs CFA, or more than a billion euros, so that this Monday, December 27, under the aegis of the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, the Regional Express Train (TO HAVE), announcement Senegalese Life. This links for the moment the city center of Dakar to the city of Diamniadio, located 36 km to the south, with the aim of relieving traffic congestion in the capital. Ultimately, 19 km of additional track will have to make it possible to reach the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.

The financing of the works is the result of a financial package which combines the contributions, among others, of the Islamic Development Bank (BID), the African Development Bank (BAD), the French Development Agency, the Senegalese Public Treasury and the Public Investment Bank-Bpifrance, details Senegalese Life. However, precise Inquiry More, all the infrastructures of the TO HAVE state owned and operated by the National Seter Heritage Society.

115,000 travelers expected each day

With a speed of 160 km / h, the TO HAVE will serve 14 stations. The number of expected travelers per day is already estimated at 115,000. “To accustom the Senegalese, especially Dakar residents, to this new modern means of transport, the authorities have decided to offer 15 days of free travel.” indicated Inquiry More.

Dakar, reminds Senegalese Life, concentrates on 0.3% of the territory the fifth of the 17 million Senegalese and almost all the economic activities of the country. A real hub of traffic and traffic jams that would cost the city 152 million euros each year, according to official figures.

However, hiccups have punctuated this inauguration. If the first train started well at 2:15 p.m. for the inaugural trip between Dakar and Diamniadio, the trip supposed to last 20 minutes was finally spread over an hour and fifteen minutes, details the pan-African site Africanews without specifying the reasons for this delay.

Just before commissioning, thousands of Dakar residents threatened to block the start of the TO HAVE. Even if this punching action did not take place, these Dakar residents tried to highlight the problem of expropriations, “Claiming that they had not been properly compensated for houses and businesses demolished to make way for the project”.

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