The Moçâmedes Railroad carries over 13,000 passengers per month between Lubango and Menongue, over a distance of 510 kilometres, said the railway management company’s technical director.
António Cabral told Angolan news agency Angop that trains currently make the journey three times a week adding that there were “great expectations” about transport of iron ore and gold from Jamba, which will increase the company’s revenues.
The director said the company intended to buy more carriages to carry more passengers and looks forward to completion of the railway’s reconstruction to Namibe, formerly known as Moçâmedes.
Reconstruction work on the Moçâmedes Railwroad, which is still ongoing, began in 2006 and its completion and final delivery was originally scheduled for October 2014.
The reconstruction of the line connecting the coastal city of Namibe to Menongue, the provincial capital of Cuando Cubango in eastern Angola, by Chinese company China Hyway, includes the construction and modernisation of 56 stations, telecommunications systems and lighting as well as replacement and extension of the line.
Construction of the Moçâmedes Railroad began on 28 September 1905, was completed on December 6, 1961 and has a total length of 860 kilometres, including branch lines to the old mining areas of Jamba and Cassinga.
The contractor of this construction work is one of 16 subsidiaries of the Chinese group of the same name, based in Beijing, operating in various sectors of economic activity, especially in road construction, railways and railway bridges. (macauhub/AO/CN)