Mozambique: Northern Development Corridor improves stations and carriages

22 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Sept – Four railway stations between Nacala and Lichinga will benefit from refurbishment work under the terms of a deal signed between the Northern Development Corridor (CDN) and Vodacom Moçambique, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper said that under the terms of the deal, mobile telecommunications company Vodacom Moçambique would provide initial financing for the railway stations at Nacala, Nampula, Cuamba and Lichinga, as well as some CDN carriages.

Speaking moments after signing the agreement, Fernando Couto, the chief executive of CDN, said that Vodacom’s contribution will be permanent and used to improve passenger transport service, particularly accommodation.

“We are going to use Vodacom’s contribution just for passenger services, with a view to improving the stations and public accommodation. Painting work has already begun and it is hoped that Nampula station will be finished by the 30th of this month,” said Couto.

Under the terms of the deal, Vodacom Moçambique each year will provide US$43,000 to paint infrastructures or CDN rolling stock with the Vodacom colours. (macauhub)