Luanda, Angola, 27 Dec – The Luanda-Kwanza Norte-Malanje rail link is to be re-launched on 13 January, 2011, 18 years after it was closed due to the civil war in Angola, said railway company, Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda (CFL).
In a statement, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, CFL also said that the train would leave Luanda for Malanje passing through the stations of Catete, Zenza do Itombe, Ndalahui (ex-Bela Alta), Luinha, Canhoca, Lucala and Ndalatando (Kwanza Norte), Kizenga, Cambuze, Cacuso, Lombe and Malanje.
The Luanda railroad started to be built in 1885 and was inaugurated in 1909 covering a total of 479 kilometres, including small branch lines.
A return to civil war in November 1992 led to the death or disappearance of a significant number of CFL permanent staff and the total or partial destruction of several bridges, trains and stations.
This railroad line will be the first to reopen to traffic as part of a programme of reconstruction and modernisation of rail facilities costing US$4 billion and carried out by Chinese companies.
Speaking to Rádio Nacional de Angola, the transport Minister, Augusto Tomás, said that in 2011 the Moçâmedes railroad would also reopen and in 2012 the Benguela railroad would reopen. (macauhub)