Africa: Tanzania Railways Corporation says Phase 1 of the Standard Gauge Rail SGR to commence end of April 2022


The Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway which is under construction, linking the country to the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Uganda, and through Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as part of East African Railway Master Plan.

The new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), is intended to replace the old, inefficient metre-gauge railway system and will start operations at the end of this month (April) with the project almost complete.

According to, this was said by the corporation’s director General Mr Masanja Kadogosa who also confirmed that construction of Morogoro-Dodoma has reached 82.2 percent and completion is set for December 2022.

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The first and the second phase are all under the Turkish contractor Yapı Merkezi.

He did not, however, delve into the details regarding the first phase’s operations which is expected to use electric trains.

He was speaking at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone that was graced by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to lay the foundation stone for the Mkutopora- Dodoma Phase Three SGR construction.

According to Mr Kadogosa, the government of Tanzania has released Sh609.6billiion out of the total of Sh4. 6 trillion for the construction of the 368 km project.

In March, 2021 President Samia Hassan Suluhu promised to finish the construction of SGR this is what we are experiencing now.

Soon we will we might sign another contract from for the construction of SGR Kigoma-Tabora.



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