Transport in Cameroon

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[edit] Railways

Operators: Camrail
total: 1,104 km
narrow gauge: 1,104 km 1.000 m gauge (1995 est.)

[edit] Railway links with adjacent countries

[edit] 2006

  • 150 km/h CONTAINER TRAINS FOR AFRICA - Speaking at the inauguration of his second term in office, President Ismael Omer Guelle of Djibouti appealed for a 6,000 km landbridge rail line linking his country's Gulf of Tadjourah to Cameroon on the Gulf of Guinea. Estimated to cost $US6 billion, the line would run through the Sudan and the Central Africa Republic. Neighbouring landlocked countries such as southern Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi would all benefit from improved facilities for import and export traffic, as well as Chad. Pointing out that the trade development, peace and economy of the African continent could be considerably enhanced, Guelle suggested that the project forms part of the investment programme proposed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the G8 meeting in Scotland.

"It will take only 48 hours to transport goods between the Red Sea and the Atlantic Ocean using a double-stack container carrier express train at an average speed of 150 km/h", Guelle told his impressed guests.


  • NIGERIA WANTS LINK WITH CAMEROON - Stormy talks have characterised attempts to implement the October 2002 decision by the International Court of Justice at The Hague, declaring Cameroon owner of the prized oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula. Nigeria has now demanded a rail link with Cameroon. [1]

[edit] Maps

[edit] Towns served by rail

[edit] Towns proposed to be served by rail

  • There are plans to extend from Mbalmayo to Bangui in the Central African Republic.

There are also plans for an iron ore railway, which however might be isolated from existing railways. The distance from the mine to the nearest likely port is about 500km as the crow flies. A connection to the nearest Camrail line at Mbalmayo on the Nyong River would be 350km long.


  • Kribi - possible port for iron ore, in addition to existing port for oil from Chad.
  • Lolabe - possible port
  • Mbalam - iron ore mines

[edit] References

[edit] Highways


total: 34,300 km
paved: 4,288 km
unpaved: 30,012 km (1995 est.)

[edit] Waterways

2,090 km; of decreasing importance

[edit] Seaports and harbors

[edit] Airports

50 (1999 est.)

[edit] Airports - with paved runways


total: 11
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (1999 est.)

[edit] Airports - with unpaved runways


total: 39
1,524 to 2,437 m: 8
914 to 1,523 m: 20
under 914 m: 11 (1999 est.)

[edit] See also


This article contains material from the CIA World Factbook which, as a US government publication, is in the public domain.


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