New railway bridge links Mozambique and Swaziland

29 September 2016

A new railway bridge over the river Umbelúzi was Wednesday inaugurated by the President of Mozambique, replacing the old bridge, built in the 1930s, the Mozambican press reported.

The new bridge, like the previous one, is located on the Goba railway, with a length of 74 kilometres, is the rail link between the port of Maputo and neighbouring Swaziland.

The president of state port and rail company CFM, Vítor Gomes, said that the company’s management chose to order the construction of a new bridge instead of repairing the old one.

Gomes added that while repairing the Dona Ana bridge would cost of 520 million meticais (about US$6.7 million), the new bridge cost just 588 million meticais.

Construction of a new bridge also made it possible to increase the capacity of trains from 20 tons per axle to 27 tonnes and double from 50 to 100 the number of cars in each train.

In addition to a passenger service, Swaziland exports cargo such as limestone along this railway line such as limestone from the Salamanga area, estimated at about 600,000 tons/year and sugar, estimated at 300,000 tons/year. (macauhub)