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Strategic study on the development of the Cotonou – Niamey railway line

Ministère des Infrastructures et des Transports de la République du Bénin

The objective of the strategic study was to evaluate the feasibility of completing a rail line between Cotonou and Niamey, with possible connections to Burkina Faso and Nigeria. The transport sector in Benin is dominated by road transport. At the moment the 438 km of the country’s rail network needs to be rehabilitated in order to be usable. This project examines the existing conditions and evaluates whether the rehabilitation of the existing line and its extension are both feasible. The study seeks to enable the Government of Benin to assess the project in a holistic way and provide guidance on the next steps to be considered for development of the project.