Angola: Angolan railways to be linked to networks of neighbouring countries

15 July 2008

Luanda, Angola, 15 July – Angola’s three railways – Luanda, Benguela and Namibe – are to be linked to the rail networks of neighbouring countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Namibia.

The plans are part of a programme called, Development of the Integrated Railway System, approved by the government in 2001.

Thus, the Benguela railway (CFB) – which in August is due to reach the city of Huambo, in the centre of the country, by November 2010 is expected to reach the border between Moxico province and the Republic of Zambia, then be linked to Zambian Railways.

A special branch line will be built between Luacano station in Moxico and the Lumwana mine, which is under construction in Zambia.

The Namibe railway will be linked to the Namibian rail network, starting at Cuvango station stretching 343 kilometres as far as Oshikango, in Namibia, next to the border with Angola’s Cunene province.

Construction of the Congo railway line is being studied, which will link Luanda to the provinces of Bengo, Uíge, Zaire and Cabinda, stretching over 950 kilometres, then linking with Chemin de Fer du Congo Ocean, in Congo Brazzaville. (macauhub)