Rail link between Lobito and Huambo in Angola operational this month

3 August 2011

Luanda, Angola, 3 Aug – Trains are due to start circulating on the Benguela Railroad (CFB) along teh section between Lobito, Negrão and Huambo in August, according to the report on Government activities for the second quarter of 2011 published by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The document said that, at the moment, trains were running between Negrão and the city of Huambo on an experimental basis, whilst construction and rebuilding of the stations, signals and telecommunications is also underway.

The line is 1,379 kilometres long and the track has so far been laid on the Lobito/Negrão/Benguela and Bimbas, Cubal/Huambo and Cuito sections.

In relation to the Moçâmedes Railroad (CFM) the route between Lubango and Menongue is expected to be ready in September, the document said.

The Moçâmedes Railroad stretches over 860 kilometres between Namibe, Lubango and Menongue.

On the Luanda Railroad, the Baía/Malange section of the line has been refurbished, which has made it possible for trains to run on it since January, and the Bungo/Viana/Baía section has also been finished. (macauhub)