Three hundred rail cars will be refurnished in the city of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, as part of a project involving specialised institutions in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and China, said the director for the Central region of rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).
Cândido Jone said that the work to refurbish the rolling stock had been re-launched recently after coming to a long standstill due to cutbacks to the workforce in the rail sector, put in place due to the company’s restructuring programme.
The programme, Jone told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, had led to a drop in productivity at CFM’s workshops, which are responsible for refurbishing and maintaining the rail cars.
The intention is to boost the fleet of available cars, increase train capacity, mainly along the Machipanda line with a view to attracting more cargo, most of which is currently carried by road.
Jone also said that a public tender would be launched to buy 34 new first, second and third class rail carriages. (macauhub/MZ)