Until the 21st century, there were no railways in Niger.
In 2011, a new standard gauge railway was proposed, from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso (where it would exchange traffic with the metre gauge Sitarail line from Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire) to Niamey, a distance of 420km.
In 2014, construction began on a new metre gauge railway from Parakou in Bénin (where it would connect with the existing railway) via Dosso to Niamey, the capital of Niger. In 2016, the 143km section between Dosso and Niamey was reported as complete and officially opened, but no regular train service has ever operated.
In 2021, construction began on a new standard gauge line from Kano in Nigeria (where it will connect with a line from Lagos) to Maradi, a distance of 248km.
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