Angola: Almost 900 buses ready to circulate in Luanda

30 September 2008

Luanda, Angola, 30 Sept – Almost 900 new buses will soon start their routes in the city of Luanda and its outskirts, as part of a project to reduce daily problems caused by chaotic traffic in the Angolan capital.

Of these buses, 630 are from China and 250, Volvo branded buses were manufactured in Brazil and ordered by the Angolan government from Auto-Sueco Angola.

Alongside the buses, the Ministry of Transport’s measures include creating ferry lines linking Luanda to Benfica and Cacuaco, two of the most important residential area in greater Luanda, although dates for these lines to go into operation have yet to be set.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the Luanda transport delegate, Amadeu Campos said that all the Chinese buses had been delivered to operators for final tests and would start circulating in the first two weeks of October.

The Angolan capital is currently only served by mini-buses known as “candongueiros” which, according to the authorities lead to “serious constraints” on traffic.

The Luanda transport system is also being reorganised with new motorways due to be opened, specifically between Luanda and Cacuaco, Luanda and Benfica, Cacuaco and Viana, Viana and Benfica and Viana and Luanda.

Traffic is the biggest obstacle in the Angolan capital, as it is usual for journeys between Luanda and places such as Viana and Cacuaco to take over four hours, despite only being some 20 kilometres away. (macauhub)