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16 October 2019

Three east African countries to introduce road tolling

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Uganda is to introduce a road toll on the Entebbe Expressway in January 2020.

The country’s government will start collecting money over 40 years for the 55km route which links the capital, Kampala, with Entebbe International Airport.

The tolls will be used to help repay a $476 million loan from China Exim Bank for the construction. Uganda National Roads Authority executive director Allen Kagina told The EastAfrican: “We have a commitment to pay back the loan whether the tolls are enough or not.”

Elsewhere in East Africa, Kenya intends to introduce tolling on the Thika Superhighway, Southern Bypass, Nairobi-Mombasa highway, JKIA-Westlands expressway and the yet-to-be-built second Nyali Bridge. Additionally, Tanzania wants to charge a toll on the Chalinze-Morogoro road which forms part of the 921km Tanzania–Zambia highway.

The Ministry of Works says the cost of tolls will be revealed to the public before the end of the year.

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