Mozambican state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) has received the last batch of railway carriages ordered from China for cargo and passenger transport in southern and central regions of the country, said the Director of CFM-Sul, Augusto Abido.
The last batch to reach the port of Maputo consists of 33 carriages, four wagons and the same number of generators to meet the increasing demand for rail transport in the two regions, with particular incidence in the province of Maputo and the city of Beira, the provincial capital of Sofala.
With the arrival of new equipment, the rail transportation system now has 27 more carriages for third class, four second class and two first class carriages, which will also increase the number of trains in operation to make the service more convenient for passengers.
Overall, 31 new carriages and four vans will be sent to the centre of the country, specifically on the Sena and Machipanda routes, and the remainder will stay in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, to serve the Chicanda, Goba and Ressano Garcia railroads.
In 2014 CFM acquired at least 10 passenger carriages, which was not enough given existing demand, and the Matola/Maputo route is used by about 100,000 every day. (macauhub/MZ)