For the first time since 2013 a mixed passenger and cargo train has started operating on a 246-kilometre route between Namibe and Lubango and vice versa, the Moçamedes Railway company (CFM) said.
CFM’s Manuel Candacanda told Angolan state news agency Angop that the train will have four carriages, with a capacity of 300 people and two freight wagons.
In an initial phase the train will run on a fortnightly basis, which may increase if demand increases.
During the journey the train will stop at Saco-Mar, Caraculo, Munhino, Bibala, Nangombe, and Mapunda stations before arriving in Lubango.
The rail link has been at a standstill since February 2013 due to reduced passenger demand after its inauguration in August 2012, which meant that revenue was not sufficient to cover expenses. (macauhub)