Trains on Luanda railroad expected to carry 5 million passengers

22 April 2014

Construction work on the Luanda railroad, between the Baía station near the port of Luanda and Bungo station, is due to begin this year and will increase the railroad’s passenger transport capacity, Angolan weekly newspaper Expansão reported.

After doubling the line in the Baía-Bungo section, within two to three years, the number of passengers on the Luanda Railroad (CFL) is expected to reach 5 million per year.

In 2013 the company carried 3.2 million passengers between Luanda and Malange, a distance of 424 kilometres, which was a significant rise compared to the 1.5 million passengers carried the previous year.

On the Bungo-Baía section, which is around 30 kilometres long, there are around 20 train services per day in both directions.

Once the line is doubled there will be 20 services in each direction, and Baía is expected to become Luanda’s central station, serving the future Luanda airport and barra do Dande.

At the end of last week, CFL opened a 2.5 kilometre section of railway linking the port of Luanda to the line that connects the capital city to Malange. Rail travel between the two cities came to a standstill in 1994, the newspaper said. (macauhub/AO)