Afrailways is developing Afrail Express, a high-speed passenger rail system based on Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) technology, to connect the entire African continent, from South Africa to Morocco to Nigeria to Egypt via in-between countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Kenya, and back to South Africa via Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. This will allow for efficient and affordable transportation across the continent.
When fully operational, Afrail Express Rail Systems has the ability to move more than 600 million paying passengers and 500 million parcels every week between cities and nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, making travel quicker, safer, and more affordable. Afrailways’ Rachel Long noted in Corporate Strategy that, with the African Continental Free Commerce Area (AfCFTA) in place to speed intra-African trade and strengthen Africa’s commercial position, Afrail Express intends to assist Africa in meeting Agenda 2063. Afrail Express is looking for a reputed EPC to serve as the Main Contractor for the Afrail Express infrastructure. This is to ensure that the project runs smoothly and is able to meet its target deadlines.
Construction of Afrail Express Rail Systems
The construction and operation of Afrail Express have the potential to generate more than 50 million direct and indirect job opportunities across Africa, with the potential to contribute more than USD $5 trillion to African GDP. The project will bring some aid to several economies that have faced hardships during the Covid-19 global pandemic.
The first phase of the Afrail Express high-speed passenger rail, powered by Magnetic Levitation, will connect Johannesburg to Lagos, Lagos to Cairo, and Cairo to Johannesburg via countries in between. Afrail Express is a flagship development initiative between Afrailways in Switzerland and Groot Suisse Industries in Namibia. Afrail Express has expressed its dedication towards making Africa safer, quicker, and more affordable, one passenger at a time.