Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

16 May 2014

Malawi: PP Govt to Revamp Rail Transport

Lilongwe — The People's Party (PP) says its Government led by Dr. Joyce Banda will be bent on revamping the rail transport which has for a long time been neglected.

In its 2014-2019 Manifesto with the theme: Transforming Malawi Together - It is Possible, PP says its Government shall rehabilitate and expand the railway network and related infrastructure across the country.

"Previous governments in the multi-party dispensation have totally neglected rail transport to the extent that it is in a state of disrepair and falling apart," observes the PP. "It is the ambition of the People's Party Government to revamp and upgrade the existing rail network and transforms it into a viable transport infrastructure for both goods and passengers."

The Party says it will rehabilitate and expand the railway line and related infrastructure along the Nacala corridor; build an inland port at Liwonde; construct a rail line linking TAZARA to Chitipa, Karonga then Chilumba; and revive and develop the Mtwara Corridor.

PP will also rehabilitate the Liwonde - Chipoka - Lilongwe - Mchinji rail line; build and complete the Sena rail line; repair the Chilomo Rail/Road Bridge; Develop and implement a railway network master plan that will link up all strategic areas such as ports, industrial zones and local and regional markets in the next ten years.

"PP Government will also promote railway safety for communities living along rail lines by sticking to internationally accepted best practices; improve operational efficiency and commercial viability of the existing railway infrastructure and levels of service," reads the Manifesto.

The Dr. Joyce Banda led Government further intends to invest in modern rail passenger and cargo services linking the country's major cities; and invest in intra-city commuter trains, particularly those connecting major airports and city transport hubs as a way of decongesting the city road networks.

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