- Transport in Burundi
There are a number of systems of transport in Burundi, including road and water-based infrastructure, the latter of which makes use of
Lake Tanganyika. Furthermore, there are also four airports in Burundi.
Burundi does not possess any
railwayinfrastructure, although there are proposals to connect Burundi to its neighbours via railway.
Lacking any railways, Burundi does not share rail links with adjacent countries, but a Chinese study in August 2006 resulted in a promise to construct a railway starting at the existing
Tanzanian railway network, connecting at Isaka, running via Kigaliin Rwanda, through to Burundi. Tanzanian railways use a one metre gauge, although other neighbouring countries utilise the 1067mm gauge, leading to some potential difficulties. Also, another project was launched in the same year, which aimes to link Burundi and Rwanda (which also has no railways) to the Democratic Republic of the Congoand Zambia, and therefore to the rest of Southern Africa. At a meeting to inaugurate the Northern Corridor Transit Coordination Authority(NCTCA), the governments of Uganda and Burundi backed the proposed new railway from the Ugandan western railheadat Kaseseinto the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, Burundi has been added to a planned railway project to connect Tanzania and Rwanda.
Rail links with adjacent countries
There are 14,480 kilometres of
highwayin Burundi, of which 1,657km are paved.
Lake Tanganyikais used for transport, with the major porton the lake being Bujumbura. Most freight is transported down waterways.
Burundi possesses four
airports, of which one has paved runways, whose length exceeds 3,047m. The remaining three airports have unpaved runways, two of which are of lengths between 914 and 1,523m, with the remaining airport's runway length being shorter than 914m.
* [http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/burundi.pdf UN Map of Burundi]
* [http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullMaps_Af.nsf/luFullMap/BC0EF176D6BCADE385256C0800474100/$File/wfp_safr_rails0702.pdf?OpenElement Map of railways in southern Africa]
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