SW Radio Africa (London)

13 September 2012

Zimbabwe: Chinese to Fund High Speed Train Service in Zim

Photo: Bill Corcoran/IRIN
Kariba Dam,Lake Kariba from the Zimbabwean side.

Plans for a high-speed rail link between Harare and Bulawayo have been unveiled, as China continues cementing its place in Zimbabwe.

The multi-billion dollar plan was announced in Harare on Wednesday and forms part of a partnership between the Zim government and the China International Fund Consortium.

The head of the China Railways Corporation, Zhao Guangfa, said at the unveiling of the project that they plan to build a build a modern railway line between Harare and Bulawayo, with a high speed train running the route.

This plan, which is likely to take about three years to come to life, could potentially see commuters from Bulawayo take one and a half hours to travel to Harare.

Guangfa said that the China International Fund Consortium will also upgrade the Beitbridge-Harare and the Harare-Chirundu highways. These projects will take about a year to complete.

A number of other agreements, yet to be revealed, have also been signed off by the government, which will see the Chinese Consortium fund other projects in the country.

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