Wednesday, 30 July 2008

EDITORIAL: Railway services should be increased to more than four times a week

From This Day, Dar es Salaam

IN developing countries such as Tanzania many people travel by train. The main reason is that such travel, although slow, is inexpensive. People who travel to places such as Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika or Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria have three options.

One option is travel by air. Unfortunately such travel is too expensive for the majority of travellers. The second option is travel by bus, although it is less expensive than travel by air, it is still too expensive for the majority of travellers. The third option is travel by train favoured by the majority of travelers.

The problem with this travel, especially on the Central Railwayline, is its frequency. At present, the train to Kigoma and Mwanza via Dodoma and Tabora plies the route only three times a week.

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