Thursday, 10 July 2008

Fast trains on track soon

Frm Daily News, Dar es Salaam

TANZANIA Railways Limited (TRL) plans to introduce express commuter rail services between Dar es Salaam and strategic upcountry stations along the central line effective next September.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the TRL Managing Director, Mr Narasimhaswami Jayaram, confirmed that plans had been on the drawing board since the company took over from the former Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC).

He said the express services -- with ‘sleeping’ third class coaches – would arrive in the country from India by mid next month, adding that the Surface and Marines Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) officials are already in India inspecting the coaches.

“We are glad to announce that in a bid to improve services to our customers, TRL will import 23 third-class sleeping coaches, while other coaches and beds will be purchased in the very near future,” said Mr Jayaram.

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