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Freight service on the Ressano Garcia and Goba lines, including the Salamanga branch, have been suspended until next Wednesday to allow maintenance work to proceed.
The Mozambican ports and railways company (CFM-EP) said in a statement that the maintenance work is aimed at reducing the number of derailments on the lines, and giving users from South Africa, Swaziland and other countries in the region better access to the Port of Maputo.
Another objective is the lifting of speed restrictions, which, in addition to providing greater safety and comfort, will reduce travel times.
The note clarifies that, on the Ressano Garcia line, the ban covers all trains except passenger services on the Maputo-Matola-Gare section and those connecting to Ressano Garcia, as well as the ‘automotoras’ fulfilling their normal schedule.
On the Goba line, the ban covers the circulation of all trains during the day, with passenger and freight trains able to circulate from 18:00 to 05:00 hours according to instructions from track and site services on the spot.
The document however notes that “all passenger services may be disrupted by the work being carried out”.
South Africa exports coal and iron chromium through the Port of Maputo, with a large percentage of this cargo being transported by truck along the EN4.Source: Notícias