Freight train will link Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia

11 September 2015

An express freight train could start this month linking Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, an approximate distance of 1,000 kilometres to be covered in less than ten days, the chairman of Mozambican state port and railway company CFM said in Beira.

Victor Gomes told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that the launch of the connection was scheduled for Monday but added that a new date was under consideration during a technical meeting to be held in Beira (central Mozambique) involving representatives of railway companies of the three countries.

The chairman of CFM said that, fundamentally, the aim is a return of the cargo traditionally carried by railways, such as fertilisers on the trains leaving the port of Beira and copper on those arriving from Zambia.

This initiative, Gomes said, was the result of a study conducted by the Southern Africa Rail Association (SARA), which pointed to the need to reactivate a total of 11 “corridors” and initially selected eight, the first of which is the Beira corridor.

Mozambique considered four lines, including Goba, Ressano Garcia, Limpopo and Machipanda and in the future should connect with Zimbabwe, Zambia and probably the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gomes noted that at the technical meeting in Beira, the Mozambican state company, National Railways of Zimbabwe and Zambia Railways Limited also discussed the railway safety, handling and cargo transportation time, including rolling stock such as locomotives and freight cars. (macauhub/MZ)