6. Benguela railway, Angola
In August this year the China Railway Construction announced the completion of its second biggest railway project on the continent – a 1,344km line connecting Angola’s port towns with its inland cities, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia.
The Benguela railway, today comparable to the Beijing-Shanghai line, was originally built by white settlers who began work in 1903. However, following Angola’s civil war the railway ceased operation as infrastructure was destroyed. In 2005, China Railway Construction proposed a 67-station project of a designed speed of 90km per hour costing $1.83 billion.
Bengula railway is currently the largest, longest and fastest railway to be built in Africa. (Completion August 2014)