Rural Transport Hubs

Widely dispersed populations, low volume economic activities and considerable distances between households and service provision points all present challenges to rural transport planners and the conventional planning tools made available to them. IFRTD members have identified the concept of transport hubs as a potentially useful tool for understanding and building upon the natural evolution of transport organisation in rural areas.

In 2005 IFRTD commissioned four exploratory pilot studies on the organisation of transport services in small rural hubs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The studies examined the transport linkages between rural hinterlands and their primary market centres. Particular interest was paid to modal composition and integration, functions, spatial coverage and infrastructure needs associated with the means of transport that operate within the hub system.

The studies are summarised in the June 2006 edition of Forum News. Click here to download (Acrobat 123kb)

Further exploration of the issue can be found on our rural transport hubs issue page.

For more information please contact:
Peter Njenga, IFRTD Regional Coordinator (East and Southern Africa) Email:


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