Senegal inaugurates its regional express train connecting Dakar to Diamniadio
Dakar, Senegal – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –On Monday, December 27, 2021, the Republic of Senegal, represented by its President, HE Macky Sall, officially launched the commercial operation of the Regional Express Train (RET) which will link Dakar, the capital of the country, to Diamniadio, the new city currently under development. The rail link will extend over 35 kilometers with the aim of serving nearly 115,000 travelers daily thanks to its 14 trains with a capacity of 565 passengers each.
A flagship project of the Emerging Senegal Plan, which aims to deliver an “emerging Senegal in 2035”, the RET is equipped with cutting-edge “dual-mode” technology. It relies on electrical energy as well as thermal energy, allowing trains to travel at a maximum speed of 160 km / h. In addition, all these trains are equipped with air conditioning, WiFi access on board and reading lights.
The completion of this project, which links the center of Dakar to the new Blaise Diagne international airport (about 50 km from the capital), should relieve the region’s congestion by transporting 115,000 passengers per day and providing 196 train journeys per day. The project embodies the prospective and long-term vision of the President of the Republic, HE Macky Sall. This strategy has resulted in several projects promoting development and innovation, particularly in terms of transport infrastructure, with the creation of the Autoroute du Futur.
“The Regional Express Train is not only a fast means of transport. In fact, it’s more than just a trip from one station to another, it’s a high-speed journey that propels us into the modern age. We are proud of this launch which proves Senegal’s progress in interconnectivity, and we thank our partners for their support,“declared the President of the Republic, HE Macky Sall, during the inauguration of the first train trip. He also underlined the impact of the project on the growth and the development of the country.
The construction of this first rail link of the Regional Express Train (RET) was entrusted to the Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Major Works of Senegal (Apix SA). The works were divided into two phases, the first phase will connect Dakar to Diamniadio (36 km) and the second phase will connect Diamniadio to Blaise Diagne international airport (an additional 19 km). The line will serve 14 stations, including Dakar, Diamniadio and Rufisque.
The Dakar-Diamniadio Regional Express Train is one of the Senegalese authorities’ many priorities in terms of infrastructure projects. Others include the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, a structuring project for the Dakar metropolitan area and promoting mobility in this region.
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