Transport in Tunisia

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Tunisia has a number of international airports to service its sizable tourist trade. Tunis is the center of the transport system as the largest city having the largest port and a light transit system.

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Railways

Tunisia inherited much of its rail transport system from the French and the Tunisian Government has developed infrastructure further. The railways are operated by the Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT), the Tunisian national railway. [1] A modernisation program is currently underway. It has a total of 2,152 km consisting of 468 km of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge rail ways and 1,674 kilometres of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge. Tunis has a light rail system. In the south of Tunisia, there is a narrow gauge railway called the Sfax-Gafsa Railway which delivers phosphates and iron ore to the harbour at Sfax. Tunisia has rail links with the neighbouring country of Algeria Algeria via the Ghardimaou-Souk Ahras line, and another connection to Tébessa, however, the latter link is currently not used. [2] There are no railways yet in neighbouring Libya Libya though some are under construction in 2008; some gauge conversion would be required for efficient connections.

Railway links to adjacent countries

  • Libya Libya - railways under construction - break-of-gauge - 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)/1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) until gauge conversion (some 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge would need to be converted to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)).
  • Algeria Algeria - yes - Same gauge - 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

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