- Transport in Burkina Faso
This article concerns the systems of transport in Burkina Faso, which primarily include road and rail infrastructure.
There are 622 kilometres of
railwayin Burkina Faso, of which 517 km run from Ouagadougou to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; and 105 km from Ouagadougou to Kaya. All of the railways in the country are of the narrow 1 metre gauge. Only one adjacent country is connected to Burkina Faso via rail, Côte d'Ivoire, a country in which the same one-metre gauge is employed.
A rail link connects Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso with the port of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire: the line from Ouagadougou to the Nigerien capital Niamey stops at Kaya. Instability in Côte D'Ivoire in 2003 forced a rerouting of rail freight from the Abidjan corridor to ports in Togo, Benin, and Ghana via the road network. A proposed rail link between Ouagadougou and
Pôin Burkina Faso and Kumassiand Bonakrain Ghana, has been discussed with Ghanaian officials, and feasibility studies are being undertaken to explore this possibility, which would provide rail access to the inland port of Bonakra. Burkina Faso and Ghana use different rail gauges.
In 2006, an Indian proposal surfaced to link the railways in Benin and Togo with landlocked Niger and Burkino Faso. Additionally, a Czech proposal also surfaced to link Ghana railways with Burkina Faso. [ [http://www.otal.com/ghana/transportnews.htm OTAL - Ghana ] ] . The manganese deposits near
Doriare one source of traffic. Burkina Faso would also be a participant in the AfricaRailproject.
The following towns of Burkina Faso are served by the country's railways:
Ouagadougou- national capital
* Kaya - terminus
There is a total of 12,506 kilometres of
highwayin Burkina Faso, of which 2,001 kilometres are paved.
2000, the Government of Burkina Faso classified 15,000 kilometers of road as part of the national road network managed under the Ministry of Infrastructures Transport and Housing (MITH) through the Directorate of Roads (DGR). This network includes main inter-city roads and access roads for départments' capital cities. Only ten of the network's main roads are even partially paved, and the paved roads are plagued by dangerous potholes, missing signage, missing barriers and guardrails near roadside hazards, and no pavement markings to separate traffic moving in opposite directions.
* [http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/burkina.pdf UN Map of Burkina Faso]
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