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More than 436,000 people were transported from January to November this year by Northern Development Corridor (CDN) through the passenger train linking the provinces of Nampula and Niassa in the north of the country.
This number is three times the number of people carried by passenger trains in the same period last year and represents an increase of 387%, since, from January to November 2017, 436,449 people were transported, 112,762 passengers were transported in the same period last.
This increase is the result of the investments made by CDN in the rehabilitation of the Cuamba-Lichinga and Cuamba-Entre Lagos sections, which led to the reopening of those railroads and the commencement of mixed-passenger trains (passenger and general cargo) in November 2016 and February 2017, respectively.
“We are convinced that by the end of December we will be transporting over 500,000 people in the three sections we operate, bearing in mind that this is the time of the festivities, when there is a great movement of people,” said Sergio Paunde, spokesman of the company.
Likewise, during the same period in reference to cargo transported, it had an increase by 70% when compared to the previous year, when 369,861 tons were transported, compared to 217,337 tons last year.
Currently, CDN operates on the Nampula-Cuamba, Cuamba-Lichinga and Cuamba-Entre Lagos sections and during the 11 months of the current year it has already carried out 527 trains of the 586 scheduled until the end of December.Source: Press release, CDN