The management company of the Luanda Railroad (CFL) plans to transport 16,000 passengers a day, once work to double the railway line is finished in the first quarter of 2019, the company’s chairman said in Luanda.
Júlio Bango Joaquim also said that the works on the Bungo/Báia route, on a 36-kilometre stretch, began in 2014 and are nearing completion.
“Everything indicates that by the first quarter of next year the work will be completed,” he said, quoted by state newspaper Jornal de Angola, speaking at the end of a visit by the new Transport Minister, Ricardo de Abreu.
With the completion of the works and eight new GEC-30 locomotives from US group General Electric expected to arrive soon, the Luanda Railroad will quadruple its number of passengers, which now stands at 4,000 per day on 10 trains travelling on the Bungo/Báia route.
Bango Joaquim said that the company is facing a number of difficulties, or 22 critical points ranging from garbage dumped along the line, vandalising of drainage ditches and destruction of the protection fence. (macauhub)