Adama 24/2016 The 656 km Addis Ababa – Djibouti railway line is said to start trial service in the first week of October, according to the Ethiopian Railways Corporation.
The trial service is expected to last three to six months, Dereje Tefera, Chief Officer of Communication Service with the Corporation told reporters during a visit by local and foreign journalists today to the Addis -Adama route of the project.
The project that consumes 3.4 billion USD is part of Ethiopia’s plan of constructing around 5,000 km of new railway lines across the country by 2020.
The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway links Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti, providing landlocked Ethiopia with improved railroad access to the sea.
It is expected to boost Ethiopia’s trade by reducing the goods movement duration from two days to eight hours.
The railway line is built by China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) and China Civil Engineering Construction (CCECC) took 42 months to be completed.