Freetown Urban Mobility Project: Insights and Impacts

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Freetown’s Urban Mobility Enhancement: A Comprehensive Overview and Analysis of the Freetown Urban Mobility Project and  Why Sierra Leoneans Need to Know What the $50 Million Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project Grant Entails

By Kortor Kamara

Introduction: A Critical Look at Transparency

The Freetown Urban Mobility Project, financed by the World Bank, demonstrates a recurring issue in Sierra Leone: a lack of accessible, credible information on public projects. This $50 million initiative aims to revolutionize urban mobility in Freetown, but public understanding remains minimal.

Project Overview

Despite the focus on the 50 Waka Fine buses, representing just $7.5 million of the project, the broader initiative encompasses around 92 deliverables. These range from infrastructure improvements to consultancy services, all designed to enhance Freetown’s transport system.

Procurement Plan: Gateway to Transparency

The World Bank’s Procurement Plan, vital for monitoring the project, outlines the expected deliverables and their implementation status. Initially approved in March 2018 and updated in February 2024, it serves as a foundational document for this analysis.

Deliverables and Implementation

Infrastructure and Public Transport

  • Road Improvements: Key projects include upgrading the west corridor from Juba to the Central Business District and constructing pedestrian footbridges.
  • Transport Facilities: The plan includes the construction of a market and transit terminal at Lumley and the rehabilitation of facilities for the National Drivers Training and Traffic Control Centre.

Supporting Goods and Equipment

  • Transportation Assets: The project provides for 50 public transport buses, enhancing mobility across the city.
  • Technical Support: Investments in IT equipment, traffic management tools, and vehicles for enforcement activities aim to support the project’s goals.

The Importance of Vigilance

Sierra Leoneans must ensure the project’s comprehensive implementation, free from corruption or inefficiency. This vigilance is crucial for realizing the project’s potential to transform urban transport.


The Freetown Urban Mobility Project offers a significant opportunity for improvement but requires public engagement and transparency. This analysis highlights the importance of accessible information and the collective responsibility to oversee such projects.