Mozambican port and railway company CFM has bought 70 carriages and trucks from China to carry passengers and cargo, which will be used on the central and southern rail networks in Mozambique, announced the president of the state company, Victor Gomes.
Thirty-one carriages will be sent to the central region, to operate on the Siena and Machipanda railroads, and the rest will remain in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, to operate on the Chicanda, Goba and Ressano Garcia lines.
The carriages that have already arrived in Mozambique will, according to Victor Gomes, be put into immediate service, as will the others as they arrive in the country.
During the presentation ceremony of the carriages and trucks, held Monday in Maputo, the president of the state company pointed out that with the arrival of rolling stock purchased in China, the southern rail network now has 63 carriages for passenger transport .
A similar ceremony took place in Beira, the capital of Sofala province, for presentation of 14 of the 31 carriages and trucks that will serve the central part of the country.
In 2014, CFM bought 10 passenger carriages, which are no longer enough given the demand for this mode of transport. Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, reported, for example, that 100,000 passengers use the Matola/Maputo route every day.