Malanje, Angola, 28 Dec – The reconstruction of the Luanda-Malanje railroad cost US$600 million, the Angolan Minister for Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás said Monday in Malanje.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister said that that figure had been used to purchase rails, carriages, trucks and to train workers as well as for the construction of 27 railway stations and large bridges.
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 reconstruction of the railroad, which is 427 kilometres long, is part of the programme that aims to rebuild the country’s three main railroads (Luanda, Benguela and Namibe), which make the link with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Namibia.
The work to rebuild the Luanda railroad, Which began on 25 February, 2005, was the responsibility of Chinese companies including the China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation.
The Luanda railroad was opened in 1909 covering a total of 479 kilometres, including small branch lines. (macauhub)