Limpopo railroad in Mozambique reopens to traffic

16 January 2014

The Limpopo railroad, which links Mozambique to Zimbabwe, reopened to traffic last weekend, after a five-day stoppage following a derailment, radio station Rádio Moçambique reported.

Citing a source from the engineering board of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), the radio station also said that the line had be completely re-opened, without restrictions, on Saturday afternoon and that from that point on trains had started running to and from the port of Maputo.

However, CFM did not reveal the results of the investigation into the cause of the derailment of the train with 26 trucks carrying sugar from Zimbabwe for export via the port of Maputo.

Eight of the trucks were derailed and another 12 fell onto the edge of the line, spilling much of their cargo.

At the time the company said that the train not staying within the speed limits for the line was likely the reason for the derailment, and noted that the area where the accident happened was on loose ground, which required extra care especially after heavy rain.

The Limpopo railroad is the biggest rail system in southern Mozambique and includes the Ressano Garcia line, which links Mozambique to South Africa, the Goba line, which provides a link to the Kingdom of Swaziland and the Salamanga branch line, which is of strategic importance to several countries in the interior of Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, for which the line is the best route for exports and imports via the port of Maputo. (macauhub)