Rail link between Benguela and Huambo to start operating again in August

13 June 2011

Huambo, Angola, 13 June – The train on the Benguela railroad is due to reach Huambo province in the next 60 days, after being ay a standstill for 27 years, Angola’s Transport Minister, Augusto Tomás said Sunday in the city of Huambo.

The minister noted that after Huambo the train would reach Bié province in September.

The governor of Huambo province, Fernando Faustino Muteka meanwhile noted that the re-launch of the train would create new jobs, allow for goods to arrive safely whilst also contributing to the re-launch of the industrial sector at a time when construction of the Ngove hydroelectric dam was in its final stages.

The Benguela railroad already has new rails along 800 kilometres of its length, and work is now underway on the remaining 500 kilometres.

The Benguela railroad, which first started operating in February 1929, begins in the city of Lobito and crosses Angola through the provinces of Huambo, Bié and Moxico over 1,344 kilometres and is the only rail link from Central Africa to the Atlantic Ocean and links with railroads in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

Reconstruction of this railroad, funded with a credit line opened by the Chinese government, was awarded to the China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR-20). (macauhub)