The Nacala Rail Corridor in Mozambique plans to spend a further US$20 million on eight locomotives and 16 carriages to improve passenger and goods transport, officials said in Mozambique.
According to daily newspaper Notícias the chief executive of the Nacala Rail Corridor, Amado Mabasso, announced the move at the ceremony to launch seven locomotives and 12 carriages for passenger transport, which cost US$14 million.
“Next September we will discuss a budget to buy the equipment, but it is certain that we have to buy eight locomotives, three of which will be delivered this year and the other five, including 16 passenger carriages, are expected to arrive in 2014,” said Mabasso.
The ceremony also inaugurated the new passenger terminal at Nampula station, which now has a number of services on offer and is more comfortable for railway passengers.
The new rolling stock will reduce the time it takes, from 11 to 7 hours, to travel from Nampula to Cuamba, in Niassa province. (macauhub)