Mozambican government plans to build new railway line

13 October 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Oct – A new railway line approximately 2,000 kilometres long, including bridges and 6,400 kilometres of related roads, may go into operation within 14 years linking the whole of Mozambique, according to a report from Mozambican newspaper Notícias Monday.

The project, which is part of the Strategy for Integrated Development of the Transport System, is estimated to cost over uS$11 billion, and was approved by the Council of Ministers last week.

A source from the Transport and Communication Ministry told the paper that the project was exp0ected to launch with special planning activities, definition of the railway route, bridges and roads, as well as the development of some social and environmental activities.

The execution of the is set for between 2009 and 2023 and the railway line is expected to cost US$5 billion, with the remaining US$6 billion spent on construction of roads and bridges, according to the sector’s Global Operational Plan.

This programme aims to create the so-called development corridor to make it easier to implement integrated planning and management, via which rail transport interacts with ports, roads and anchor investments in their area of influence. (macauhub)