Cross-border TAZARA passenger train services to reopen next month – Xinhua

File photo shows passengers leaving a train after arriving at Dar Es Salaam station of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway in Dar Es Salaam, capital of Tanzania, Feb. 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority said its cross-border passenger train services between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia will reopen on October 4.

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — The Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) said on Friday that its cross-border passenger train services between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia will reopen on September 4. october.

A statement issued by TAZARA headquarters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam says TAZARA passenger train services between the two destinations are expected to resume following the completion of the refurbishment of the Chambeshi Railway Bridge over the Chambeshi River in Zambia.

The statement said the bridge has been reopened but passage is currently limited to freight trains only at restricted running speed as surveys are being carried out to assess the performance of the bridge and its suitability for full train operation in the coming weeks.

File photo shows passengers boarding a train before departure at Dar Es Salaam station of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway in Dar Es Salaam, capital of Tanzania, Feb. 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)

“While the trials are underway, we are mobilizing and preparing the coaches for the Kilimanjaro and Mukuba passenger trains for the resumption of cross-border passenger services between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi,” he said. declared.

The reopening of passenger train services was scheduled to begin on September 15, but was pushed back to October 4 after repairs to the bridge were delayed due to unforeseen challenges, the statement said.

The TAZARA Railway was built as a turnkey project between 1970 and 1975 with an interest-free loan from China, with commercial operations beginning in July 1976, covering 1,860 kilometers from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia.

Jose P. Rogers