Mozambique: Trains run once again between Beira and Marromeu

28 November 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Nov – The city of Beira and the town of Marromeu, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, will once again be linked by rail, 25 years after the line was destroyed in the civil war, according to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

Final work is being concluded on the railway line and port and train company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) plans to use na experimental passenger train on the line, whilst conditions are set up that will allow for the return of a cargo train to transport sugar produced by Companhia de Sena.

Cândido Jone, the executive director of the Sena Line Reconstruction Brigade, said that the return of trains to the Inhamitanga/Marromeu branch line would relieve pressure on the road to the city of Beira, due to heavy trucks using the road, many of which transporting sugar produced at Companhia de Sena.

According to Jone, the experimental train would be laid on despite some reconstruction work still being carried out on the line.

“The line has not yet been definitively delivered to us. This will be done according to the established plan, which points to September 2009 as the deadline for its delivery,” he explained.

Last Monday an experimental train transported lime from Muanza to the port of Beira along the line.

Reopening the branch line will make it possible to transport sugar from Companhia de Sena by rail, which could significantly reduce the cost of transporting the product to the port of Beira.

Production from the sugar factory is currently mainly transported by river and road to the port, from where it is placed on the international market. (macauhub)

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