Old Taxi Park, the oldest and largest taxi park in Kampala, is the city's main traffic hub. Thanks to a grant from the Dutch government, the Old Taxi Park can turn into a well-functioning transport hub. This will significantly improve the traffic situation in and around Kampala.
On Thursday 26 July, the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda, Henk Jan Bakker, and the Executive Director of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Jennifer Musisi, signed a grant arrangement. This grant arrangement has been realised through the Develop2Build programme (D2B).
3.5 million commuters
Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, has been dealing with traffic problems, traffic accidents and air pollution for years. The large, busy city has 1.5 million inhabitants and welcomes 3.5 million commuters every day. In addition, the city has experienced a huge growth spurt in the last 20 years. As a result, the number of cars and minibuses (matatus) for passenger transport is increasing.
This leads to congestion in the centre of Kampala, including the Old Taxi Park. The Old Taxi Park is an important destination for people who work in or near the city. On top of this, it is also a popular stop for people travelling to other parts of Uganda or neighbouring countries.
Tackling the traffic
With the help of D2B, the KCCA can now make a start with tackling the heavy traffic in Kampala’s city centre. To do so, Old Taxi Park needs to be restructured through a feasible (and sustainable) development plan.
This restructuring will not just ensure a more efficient use of minibuses. It will also increase the economic opportunities for small businesses that are active in the vicinity of Old Taxi Park. Restructuring the area also aims to improve access to public transport.
Ultimately, this project will contribute to the safety of Kampala’s residents and of the commuters travelling to the city. The studies for this project will take about 18 months. Once these have finished, the construction phase of the project will begin.
Develop2Build (D2B) is a programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is carried out by RVO.nl. D2B supports governments with a grant for studies that are needed to get an infrastructure project started. This includes carrying out feasibility studies, environmental impact reports and creating conceptual designs.