Tuesday, 11 August 2009

TRL train services under fire

From ThisDay, Dar es Salaam

THE government’s transport sector regulator has raised safety concerns over Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) operations, describing the national railway carrier as the worst public transport service provider in the country.

Latest findings by the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) suggest that the safety of thousands of people using TRL services could be at risk.

SUMATRA’s assessment on the state of the country’s railways network comes against the backdrop of a spate of accidents involving both TRL passenger and cargo wagons.

A TRL passenger train derailed at the weekend in Morogoro Region in a near-fatal accident, injuring more than 60 passengers. This was just the latest in a series of similar railway crashes.

SUMATRA’s consumer consultative council assessed the quality of railway services after receiving a string of complaints from passengers, and council members travelled by train from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma to get first-hand experience of the horrid conditions.


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