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ZAMBIA TO REVIEW FARES

When the current refurbishing of passenger coaches is completed, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) intends to review its schedule of fares, says head of corporate affairs Benson Ngula. The current charge is K32 between Livingstone and Kitwe, as well as Livingstone and Mulobezi. ZRL needs a fair return on the money expended on upgrading the coaches, […]

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TANZANIA & ZAMBIA COMMITTED TO TAZARA

Recent speculation that the shareholders of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) were in disagreement has been dispelled by Tanzania’s transport, works, supply and communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga. The shareholders in question – the governments of Zambia and Tanzania – are committed to the railway’s wellbeing, he was quoted saying in an interview with The Times […]

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ZAMBIAN RAIL REHABILITATION

In the first quarter of 2014, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) incurred losses amounting to more than K15 million ($US2.5m). That situation is going to change, says transport, works, supply and communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga. ZRL is set to increase its revenue base due to “the booming business” being generated by the rehabilitated railway. Following the […]

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VANDALISM IN ZAMBIA DEPLORED

On a recent tour of inspection, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) Chief Executive Officer Muyenga Atanga deplored the alarming rate of vandalism which is obstructing the timely rehabilitation of the country’s railway. Professor Atanga appealed to civic leaders to convince the public that looking after, not destroying, railway infrastructure is in their own best interests, and […]

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ZAMBIA: PLANNED NEW RAILWAYS

According to a recent announcement quoted in Construction Review online and other sites, the Zambian government plans to build a number of new railways. Only one is mentioned specifically – running west from Chingola to serve mining interests and connecting ultimately to the Benguela railway in Angola. This line however is not a government project […]

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GOVT TO PAY TAZARA (ZAMBIAN) WAGE ARREARS

Workers of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara), which is jointly owned by the two countries, have been on strike because the company – which is in serious financial difficulty – has not been paying wages for five months. On 6 August, Zambia’s transport, works, supply and communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga told a media briefing in […]

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ZAMBIAN INTER-MINE RLY TO BE UPGRADED

Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) says about $US50 million would be needed to revamp the rail network which links all the mines in the copperbelt. Reconstruction of the 1.6km inter-mine line between the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) Nkana plant in Kitwe and the underground mine in Mufulira is expected to begin before the end of 2014 […]

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ZAMBIA’S NORTH-WEST RAILWAY

The first phase of the proposed Zambian North-West Railway (NWR) comprises the construction of a new 290km 1,067mm gauge line to First Quantum Minerals’ new Sentinel mine at Kalumbila. This project has reached the end of its pre-feasibility stage. A full bankability study is about to begin, for expected completion before the end of 2014. […]

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ZAMBIAN TEST TRAIN TO NACALA

Over the weekend 10-11 May, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) scheduled a test train from Chipata via Malawi to Nacala in Mozambique. This followed the signing of a tripartite agreement recently with the national railways of Malawi and Mozambique, whose lines are used to access the Indian Ocean port. ZRL chief executive Muyenga Atanga explains that […]

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MOTIVE POWER OBSERVATIONS: ZAMBIA

A recent overseas visitor to Zambia reports seeing the following: “On Friday 4 April as we passed Lusaka station, 01.608 (EMD GT26) was on a freight train waiting to depart northwards. “A flying visit to Livingstone station found 02.306 (GE U15) on a northbound freight and 01.257 (GE U20) on the passenger stock which would […]

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