The transport network of the southern African region, defined as the system of road and rail links between landlocked countries and ocean ports, has experienced serious deterioration during the past fifteen years. This deterioration has been due to neglect of needed maintenance of rolling stock and infrastructure and the existence of protracted insurgency activities in the region, often resulting in destruction of railways and road trucks attempting to operate within this environment. It is the objective of this paper to show in a clear and concise manner, the following: (1) A brief description of the transport corridors in southern Africa and the volumes of regional transport traffic moving over these corridors; (2) Introduction of the Regional Transport Model for the purpose of evaluating the volumes and total distribution costs of future flows over these corridors; (3) Definition of future scenarios in terms of the total traffic volumes and the determination of the least cost routes for each landlocked country (these routes will be dependent upon the success of the rehabilitation projects and their impact on the quality of service offered over each route); and (4) Description of the relative importance of the various routes, in terms of the traffic moving today and for future scenarios, considering the relative success of the improvement projects.

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  • Accession Number: 00618073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1991 12:00AM