Mozambique: Mozambique and Swaziland discuss passenger rail links

26 August 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Aug – Mozambican port and railroad company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and Swazi Railways last week re-launched talks with a view to reintroducing a regular passenger railway service between the two countries, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

Currently, the only passenger service is provided by a train run at least twice each year, which transports tourists from various countries travelling along the Goba, Ressano and Limpopo corridors linking Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

As part of the conference on the launch of the Goba corridor, held last week in Manzini, representatives of the two rail companies re-launched talks with a view to reintroducing that service.

According to Joaquim Zucule, chief executive of CFM-Sul, for example, the passenger service is a viable project.

The service could drive tourism in the region, making it possible to link cities such as Maputo, Durban, Gauteng, and provide access to Krueger Park, covering relatively short distances.

In the first three months of this year 516,795 passengers were transported on the southern rail service, as compared to 467,477 in the same period of 2007. (macauhub)