Freetown Integrated Urban Transport Project (WB-P164353)

  • Sierra Leone
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 31, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Sierra Leone
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Transport
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Dec 4, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Dec 28, 2017

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the objective of the project is to improve mobility and road safety in a pilot area and enhance institutional capacity to plan and manage urban transport in the city of Freetown.

The project will have three components: 

  1. Comprehensive Corridor Improvements. This component will use an integrated and comprehensive approach to improve road safety, mobility for pedestrians and vehicles, and overall management of the public rights of way in a pilot area of Freetown. The project investments would focus on: (a) improving pedestrian infrastructure; (b) improving road conditions and rehabilitating key road sections; (c) providing traffic management, signalization, parking, and intersection improvements; (d) providing a transport operator´s terminal; and (e) addressing the needs of street traders through off-street market areas. Depending on the credit amount, the project may also finance rehabilitation of sections of urban roads which are currently unpaved or in extremely poor condition, such as Motor Road and/or King Harmon Way.
  2. Institutional Capacity Building and Studies. The activities of this component may include: (a) strengthening the ministry’s and departments’ capacity to develop a long-term vision and regulatory framework to support effective management of the urban transport system; (b) diagnosing problems with public transport and
    developing a comprehensive strategy to improve bus services; (c) conducting a public relations/communication campaign to educate stakeholders, schoolchildren and the public about road-space management and road safety; (d) developing a road-safety database; and (e) supporting climate-resilient activities, for example by developing guidelines to incorporate climate and disaster resilience into road design by providing specific cost-effective requirements and good practices for
    slope stabilization in mountain areas of Freetown; and mapping tools for prioritization of urban transport projects using network analysis and giving consideration to climate-related risks.
  3. Ferry Terminals and Services: This component will finance investments to improve safety and passenger comfort at ferry terminal facilities and their access to these terminals. These interventions aim to improve the image of ferry services, enhance the quality of travel for ferry users, and increase demand. This component will also include the development and implementation of a coordinated market development strategy that identifies and secures additional customers and revenue for the ferry operators.
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World Bank:
Fatima Arroyo Arroyo
Urban Transport Specialist

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Momodu Kargbo Kargbo
Minister of Finance 

Implementing Agencies
Ministry of Transport and Aviation
Hindolo Shiaka
Deputy Director, Transport Infrastructure Development Unit 


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