Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

12 June 2014

Tanzania: TRL Suspends Central Line Services Again

THE Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) has once again suspended its Central Line services for an indefinite period following discovery of more damages caused by rains on a bridge between Ruvu and Mruazi stations.

TRL Managing Director, Eng Kipallo Kisamfu told the 'Daily News' that a team of technicians has been deployed to the area to start repair work, saying that they had already conducted evaluation to establish the damage.

"Following the discovery of the damage, the TRL would like to inform passengers that it has decided to temporarily suspend its services," said the TRL managing director.

Eng Kisamfu pointed out that the damage was caused by previous rains which covered large part of the railway, but had not been detected and that preliminary evaluation has established that the repair work would take a week.

"The damage has affected passengers who were expected to travel today to Mwanza and Kigoma regions," he said. This paper came across one of the passengers who complained over inconveniences caused by the suspension.

"I was supposed to travel to Mwanza on Friday for business but I am told that the company has suspended its operations. I am forced to dig deeper into my pocket and pay 60,000/- to travel by bus," said the passenger, Mr Daniel Boniface.

The suspension came just two weeks after the Railway Company resumed operations following extensive damage to the central railway line in April, which led to consignments to be stranded at different railway stations.

According to the TRL Executive Director, about 60 goods wagons with a consignment of cement were stranded at Pongwe and Korogwe following extensive damages to the central railway connecting the three regions of Tanga, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam due to heavy rains in Coast Region.

Eng Kisamfu said the damage stretching for kilometres from Tanga to Dar es Salaam had resulted in suspension of operations for several weeks.

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