Broadway Malyan has completed the first stage of a major commission to help create strategic guidelines for a new transport network in East Africa’s fastest growing city.
The practice’s masterplanning team is leading an international advisory team in preparing the strategic framework for Dar es Salaam’s proposed 137 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network corridor.
The practice was appointed in December 2016 for the 18 month commission by the Tanzanian Government’s President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) for the project, which is sponsored by The World Bank and Nordic Development Fund.
The first phase of the project - a seven month baseline assessment of the study area – has now been completed with a public consultation being launched in Dar es Salaam on October 12th.
This will form the basis of a strategic planning framework for a major part of the city, including the 21 km-long phase one BRT route, which was opened in May 2016.
The appointment in Dar es Salaam follows the successful delivery by the same team of an award-winning 15-year strategic city plan for the Angolan capital city Luanda.
James Rayner, Broadway Malyan’s Project Director, said the infrastructure and integrated land plan will be an important catalyst for transformational investment in the city.
“Dar es Salaam is a strategically important trade gateway and a major tourist hub for visitors to eastern Africa. The city is facing major population growth with forecast of a metropolitan population of over 11 million by 2030.
“This is causing significant strain on the urban infrastructure and puts additional pressure on the large areas of informal settlements, exposing serious housing and employment needs.
“The new rapid transport system already enables thousands of the city’s inhabitants to reduce three-hours of travel into the city, down to just 45 minutes by BRT. Our study evaluates the opportunities around the new transport corridor with a view to its expansion in the future.
“The study is looking at how best to co-ordinate the land development with the transit routes, so its positive impact can help the wider city. We are evaluating potential land uses that enclose the new transport corridor to show how this investment can boost land values, job creation and improve living standards for those who live or work in Dar es Salaam.
“In the next half of our study, we will work with local stakeholders to develop a planning strategy for this first corridor and help secure Dar es Salaam’s position as the key economic hub for the region.”
Broadway Malyan’s partners on the project include Aurecon, Mobility in Chain and CoLab.