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Mozambique’s Northern Development Corridor Company (CDN) announced today that it would introduce electronic ticket sales on all the routes the company operates from the second half of this year.
The migration of ticketing from manual to electronic will entail 23 point-of-sale printers, which will be placed in railway stations and on CDN passenger trains.
The ticket printing machines has been programmed to use cards from all Mozambican mobile phone networks to facilitate data recording in the company’s central control system, and can operate offline so that purchase can proceed normally in areas where there is no signal.
This new ticketing platform eliminates all possibility of passengers making standing trips and the alleged hoarding of tickets by scalps to sell at inflated prices that passengers complain about, mainly on the Cuamba-Lichinga section.
This measure is justified, the statement reads, because all sales will be programmed with a description that includes the origin and destination, whether it is a full or half-price, the price and fiscal status, and includes a specific ticket number and seat indication in the carriage.
“Electronic tickets will facilitate and streamline the flow of ticket sales for the passenger either at the ticket office or during the journey. Likewise, they will facilitate the management of the reviewer in the control of the register which before he had to carry with him while going through the passengers,” Manager of CDN Railway Operations Pino Santos explains
CDN’s biggest challenge with the introduction of electronic ticketing is to provide better services to the population and to ensure the safety of its passengers. The new ticket will certify authenticity and guarantee price, providing flexibility regarding purchase along with greater security and reliability.
About the Northern Corridor Development Company (CDN)
The CDN – Northern Development Corridor, is a public limited company incorporated and registered in Mozambique, whose objective is the integrated management, rehabilitation and commercial exploitation of the Nacala Port infrastructures and the rail network of northern Mozambique. It is part of the Nacala Corridor Project, which covers the northern region of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.Source: CDN / Press Release