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A dedicated freight train service between the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga, in the northern Mozambican province of Niassa was launched on Sunday. The weekly service will run between Cuamba and Lichinga on Sundays with the return leg running on Mondays. The first train, operated by the private-led consortium the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), consisted of twenty wagons carrying 800 tonnes of cargo.
CDN commented that the introduction of a freight train service between the two cities will facilitate the flow of goods and strengthen the potential for improving agricultural productivity and production in the north of the country.
Dario Viegas, the commercial manager of CDN, said that “following the rehabilitation of the Cuamba – Lichinga spur, our company introduced a freight service that has benefited the economic growth of Niassa province. In view of the significant increase in demand, CDN has taken the initiative to increase the frequency of the freight service exclusively for the Cuamba – Lichinga section”.
The 262-kilometre long line is essentially a spur off the northern rail corridor that runs from the port of Nacala to Entre-Lagos on the border with Malawi. The spur was closed to traffic in 2010 due to the poor condition of the line and it was only opened in late 2016 after complete reconstruction.Source: AIM
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