Mozambique: Sena Railroad reopens to cargo trains 26 years after closure

19 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 May – The Sena railway line, which links the city of Beira and the coal town of Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province, has re-opened to goods traffic, 26 years after it was closed due to the civil war, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported.

The line includes the Inhamitanga/Marromeu and Dona Ana/Vila Nova de Fronteira branch lines, and goods traffic has re-opened as far as the Sena fortress, in Caia district, in Sofala province.

The Sena line, which stretches over 673 kilometres, has been under construction since 2006 along a section of 180 kilometres in order to reach the Moatize railway station.

The Dona Ana/Vila Nova da Fronteira branch line is also waiting for the conclusion of a 44-kilometre section as in this section work is dependent on neighbouring Malawi, as between Vila Nova and Nsange the line has been inactive since the 1980s.

Reconstruction of the branch line linking Marromeu and the Dona Ana bridge over the Zambezi River has also finished and is 3,750 metres long.

Currently the concession-holder of the Beira railway system, known as Companhia de Caminhos de Ferro da Beira (CCFB) is involved in the refurbishment of some second class carriages, for the reintroduction of passenger transport as far as Moatize, which is expected to begin in August.

The works’ contractor, made up of the Rites and Ircon consortium (Ricon), is increasing the ballast on the line in order to boost safety for the passenger train to travel along the line between Beira and Sena, over a distance of 320 kilometres. (macauhub)