Mozambique: Railcars boost passenger transport services

12 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 May – Three new railcars with 173 seats each are due to start operating a passenger transport service next Monday, marking the return of a service that was halted some 30 years ago, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The railcars, which belong to state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, will operate on the Maputo, Marracuene and Maputo-Matola-Gare routes on weekdays and on weekend will offer an express service to the border town of Ressano Garcia to the municipality of Chókwè in Gaza province.

The three railcars with three compartments each, which were officially inaugurated on a trip between the city of Maputo and the town of Marracuene, represent an investment of 1.7 million euros, which was funded by Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, directly.

The company is this week due to publish the travel timetable for the railcars as well as ticket prices, although it is already known that passengers will pay just 15 percent of the full price, with the company subsidising the remainder. (macauhub)