Mozambican state railways want to double traffic to SA border

18 May 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 May – Mozambique’s CFM-sul railway company wants to double its freight and passenger traffic on the line from Maputo to Ressano Garcia, on the South African border, in a project involving the purchase of carriages from Portugal.

The reestablishment of full traffic on the Maputo-Ressano Garcia line will double the weekly number of trains from 30 to 60 and involve 14.7 million euros investment by the end of 2007.

The modernization of the line includes replacement of crossings, track, ballast, alterations to the permanent way, points repair and improved drainage.

Extra carriages are being bought from Portugal, valued at 1.85 million euros, to operate on the line. Freight wagons are also being refurbished.

CFM-sul executive director Joaquim Zucule said the track modernization was also aimed to boost weekly freight capacity to 4 million tons for trains operating to and from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (macauhub)