17 July 2023
We are carrying out studies for a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for Togo's capital city, which has a population of over 2 million - a quarter of the country's total population.

Today, the inhabitants of Lomé and its suburbs rely mainly on motorbike taxis and city taxis (chauffeur-driven vehicles) to get around, either individually or collectively.

Diversifying and structuring the mobility offer was one of the major challenges of the project, which was entrusted to a SYSTRA team of eight experts, six of whom came from SYSTRA France’s Consultancy & Land Use Business Unit (DCA), and two specialists in operations and rolling stock from the Systems Business Unit (SYS) and SYSTRA Canada.

A one-year study
​​​​​​​to structure the transport system

This project is one of the SUMPs launched by the ‘Mobilise your City’ programme. It is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union, which have entrusted us with the task of carrying it out with our local partners Artim Développement and AGECET. Over a period of 13 months, our colleagues will provide a comprehensive assessment of mobility, in order to draw up a strategic vision for mobility in Greater Lomé, and an action plan combining developments in supply and public policy measures to structure a public transport network for the greatest number of people.

The aim of this Urban and Sustainable Mobility Plan is to address the three main issues facing the Greater Lomé Autonomous District: congestion, pollution and road safety. I am delighted with this mission, which also includes support for the structuring of SOTRAL, the Société de transport de Lomé (the public transport operator), so that Loméans can rely on a solid and efficient transport network in the future.

Lilia Saibi, Project Manager and Director of DCA International, SYSTRA France
Dedicated track for the Lomé bus

Rebalancing modes of transport and providing access to all services

In addition to walking, motorbikes and private cars, Lomé is largely served by a public bus network. This network will have to be redeployed so that its lines cover the area better, while taking into consideration accessibility and equality issues, in order to reach the most remote or isolated neighbourhoods, and to offer mobility that takes into account the needs of everyone, whatever their reason for travelling, or their social background or gender.

This a long-awaited project, part of the government’s ‘Togo 2025’ roadmap. Four information and study assignments have already been completed since mid-April, as well as a major field survey launched at the beginning of June, accompanied by a launch ceremony presided over by the Togolese Ministry of Transport. We will be handing over our diagnosis to AFD and the Togolese beneficiaries in mid-September, during a ‘Mobilise Day’, a day of exchanges in the form of workshops bringing together all the mobility players in Greater Lomé.

Aurélie Solaire, Deputy Project Manager, DCA, SYSTRA France
Traffic jam on the N2, the coastal road of Lomé

SUMPs: SYSTRA at the heart of the transformation of growing cities

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are a major activity for DCA to support the development and structure of transport networks in growing cities. Since 2021 and the signing of a framework agreement with the AFD, SYSTRA has been involved in several SUMPs, notably in Ethiopia (Dire Dawa), Cameroon (Douala), the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) and Pakistan (a SUMP for the cities of Abbottabad, Mingora and Peshawar), all rapidly expanding areas of the world where the need for sustainable mobility is already being felt.

To support our strategy and provide better advice to our clients, the DCA teams have participated in the development of several methodological guides, including the SUMP Guidelines and Topic guide – Transport modelling for mobility planning.

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