Rehabilitation work is continuing on the western section of the line from Gulu to Pakwach at the northern extremity of Lake Albert.

As well as bringing northern Uganda back onto the rail network, the line is expected to carry freight from neighbouring countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan to Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.

"Intra-regional trade accounts for just 9% of African commerce, and we believe this new line is a milestone that will compliment Ugandan government initiatives aimed at facilitating trade on the continent," says Mr Ahmed Heikal, chairman of Citadel Capital, the parent company of RVR. "We are extremely proud to be associated with the historic reopening of the Tororo – Gulu line, which will help ensure a dependable railway that can spur growth and regional economic integration throughout East Africa."