Train between Luanda and Malange in Angola re-launched in 2007

8 November 2006

Luanda, Angola, 08 Nov – The train linking the Angolan capital of Luanda to Malange is expected to start working once again in the first half of 2007 after reconstruction work on 480 kilometers of railway line and bridges, as well as the installation of a modern communication system, the local authorities said.

According to the governor of Malange, Cristóvão da Cunha, the first stage of the project included de-mining of 109 kilometers of line between Lucala, in Kwanza Norte province, and Malange, pruning of trees and bushes that had grown and the removal of old train parts spread all over the tracks.

The project, which is being carried out by Chinese group China Railway 20 Bureau, began in February 2005 and includes the construction of a branch line between Zenza do Itombe and Dondo (Kwanza Norte), 185 kilometers north of Luanda.

The Caminho de Ferro de Luanda company, which operated the railroad, suspended its activities due to Angola’s civil war. (macauhub)