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    Transportation

     

    The transport infrastructure in St. Kitts consists of roadways, railways and air transport, with roadways forming the backbone of the island's internal transport system

     

    Roadways

     

    The road infrastructure in the islands is adequate though underdeveloped, with 320 kilometers (199 miles) of roads of which 136 kilometers (84 miles) are paved.

     

    Railroads

     

    There are 58 kilometers (36 miles) of railway track on St. Kitts which was used for transporting sugarcane. Since the closure of the Sugar Industry the rail are now being used to transport visitors around on sight seeing tours by the privately owned St. Kitts Scenic Railway Company.

     

    Air Service

     

    The Robert Llewelyn Bradshaw International Airport is the only airport on St. Kitts. It is located about two miles from the capital city of Basseterre . It has a modern terminal,  a long runway, and the navigational equipment required to accommodate the large jet aircraft used in modern air travel. The port is operated under the control of the St. Kitts Port Authority.

     

    Ports

     

    A deep-water port was opened in Basseterre in 1981, and more recently, the government has invested in cruise ship facilities in the capital, creating the Port Zante terminal that is  capable of accommodating two of the largest megaships at once. The sea ports is also controlled by the St. Kitts Port Authority.

     

    Energy

     

    St. Kitts depends on petroleum imports to satisfy its national energy needs. The most convenient sources of imported oil and motor fuels (diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel) is from Venezuela under the PetroCaribe initiative launched in 2005.

     


    St. Kitts electrical power is produced by diesel (bunker oil) generators located in Needmust Estate, Basseterre. The Needmust Power Plant operated by The St. Kitts Electricity Department supplies all the power that is required to  support the island's electrical grid. Electricity is supplied at 230 volts, 60 cycles.

     

    Communications

     

    The country’s three mobile operators – Cable and Wireless (marketed as LIME – Landline, Internet, Mobile and Entertainment), Digicel, and Chippie – have spent millions in network upgrade and expansion . All companies are presently using the GSM wireless system.

     

    Increasing wireless usage have caused a decline in the usage and ownership of landlines supplied by Cable and Wireless.

     

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