Luanda railroad company in Angola plans to transform former stations into hotels

3 August 2010

Luanda, Angola, 3 Aug – The Angolan government plans to convert the former railway stations of Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda (CFL), located along the Luanda/Ndalatando/Malanje route into hotels as of 2011, Angolan news agency Angop reported Tuesday.

The start of the rail link between Luanda and Malanje is scheduled for December of this year.

The project is part of the second phase of the rehabilitation and modernisation of rail facilities in Angola underway since 2009.

In the first phase of rebuilding of the 424 kilometres of the Luanda/Ndalatando/Malanje railway line, which began in 2005, new stations were built in the areas of Catete, Zenza do Itombe, Ndalahui (ex-Bela Alta), Luinha, Canhoca, Lucala and Ndalatando (Kwanza Norte), Kizenga, Cambuze, Cacuso, Lombe and Malanje, as well as rebuilding 600 hydraulic crossing, 16 stations and 40 bridges and pontoons.

The new stations, all of which have two floors, have an administrative area, a restaurant, medical post, VIP rooms and others for passengers, with a capacity of between 200 and 500 people.

The rail link between the province of Luanda and Malanje was tested last month, 18 years after it came to a halt due to the armed conflict in Angola.

CFL was opened in 1909 covering a total of 479 kilometres, including small branch lines. (macauhub)