Tazara to resume Zambian services after bridge repairs

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The Chambeshi River Railway Bridge was damaged in May 2021.

The bridge was damaged in May 2021.

The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) announced that services will resume between Kasama and New Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia on July 22 after repairs to the Chambeshi River railway bridge, which was damaged by a freight train accident on July 13 May 2021.

Passenger and cargo services from Tanzania had to terminate at Kasama, more than 630 km from New Kapiri-Mposhi.

Tazara’s board said the closure of the bridge was “a national emergency” due to the impact on the national economies of Tanzania and Zambia.

Tazara General Manager Mr. Bruno Ching’andu said he received assurances from the contractor, Jianngsu Gold Civil Construction Company, that the repair works are progressing well and the bridge will be ready for use by now. July 22.

Ching’andu said the contractor had ordered the steel parts needed for the repairs and was already dismantling the damaged bridge.

“With these assurances, we expect to resume cargo operations on the Chambeshi bridge on July 22 and all passenger operations will begin shortly thereafter, including cross-border passenger services which were suspended in May 2020, at the end of following the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Ching’andu.

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