Repair works on the damaged Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) Railway line across Chambeshi River in Muchinga Province, are nearing completion.

DAR ES SALAAM– The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) says its passenger train services between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia will reopen in September.

A statement issued by TAZARA headquarters in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam said the passenger train services between the two destinations were suspended in March 2020, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The statement said the services will resume immediately after the reopening of the Chambeshi railway bridge on the Chambeshi River in northeastern Zambia.

The reopening of the bridge has been delayed due to unforeseen challenges faced in completing the works by the engineering contractor, said the statement.

“The repairs are now expected to end by Aug. 30, and the reopening of the line is consequently rescheduled to happen around Sept. 15, 2022, after line testing,” said the statement.

On Aug. 2, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Zambian counterpart Hakainde Hichilema agreed to mobilize resources to revive the TAZARA railway to make it modern and vibrant. 

TAZARA was constructed as a turnkey project between 1970 and 1975 through an interest-free loan from China, with commercial operations starting in July 1976, covering 1,860 km from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. – Xinhua