The Sousse – Kasserine rail line project consists in rehabilitating an old rail line and building a new section to link the port of Sousse to the inland city of Kasserine. The project is estimated to cost TND 550 million (without rolling stocks), and would be completed in 2026.
Railway line 11 between Sousse and Kasserine was originally built in 1909. In 1969, the section linking Kairouan was cut off due to floods, and the line was fully closed in 1982, after the construction of the Sidi Saad dam. In 2012, SNCFT (National Railway Company) commissioned BTE to conduct Preliminary Design Studies to reopen line 11.
The technical and economic feasibility study of Kalaa Soughra – Kairouan section, funded by an EIB grant to the State of Tunisia, was completed in June 2018. In collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, SNCFT is currently concerting with EIB for Detailed Design Studies, prior to the launch of a call for tenders for the Works.
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
SNCFT (National Railway Company)
Form of project announcement
The reopening of this railway line was planned to connect Kasserine to Sousse, and open up the inland areas of Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan by connecting them to the rail network.
This will contribute to the development of the economic activities of the entire Central Region, linking the phosphate mines of Sraouertene and Jadliane to the ports of Skhira, Sousse and the future deepwater port of Enfidha, serving Enfidha airport and the industrial zones of Kairouan, Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid.
The Sousse – Kasserine railway line project has a strong justification in terms of land planning by opening up and connecting the cities of Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan to the rail network.
Though additional expropriations, restoration and updates would surely be required to meet today’s needs, existing acquired land, works and studies should limit investment costs.
Indicative timetable of project development
The project is estimated to be commissioned in 2026 and includes:
? Detailed Design for the entire line (early 2019 to June 2020)
? Expropriations (from June 2020 to end 2021)
? Line rehabilitation on 157 km, new line on 132 km (2020-
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Stage 2: Project Investigation
188.5 M USD 550 M TND
Indicative Funding Source
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Is the project contained in national/sub national infrastructure plan or strategy