Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) plans to increase its passenger service to 400,000 annually between 2014 and 2018.
ZRL director corporate planning Vyonsi Manda said the company’s vision is to provide reliable, secure, environmentally friendly cargo and passenger rail transport to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Mr Manda said this in a paper dubbed ‘investing in railway logistics improvement –An imperative for African mining viability’ presented at the Copper Five conference in Lusaka recently.
“In our strategic business plan for 2014-2018, our goals are to increase passenger traffic to 400,000 per year, sustain business growth through high quality service, make ZRL the employers of choice and to provide a return on investment among others,” he said.
|Fast facts: Zambia Railways Limited|
|Passenger service aims||To increase its capacity to 400 000 annually between 2014 and 2018|
|Speed of the passenger service train||Plans to increase it to 70 km/hr to increase efficiency and attract more customers|
|Tonnage of the wagons||ZRL requires to increase the capacity to 5 metric tonnes of cargo active wagons to 4 600 from 1 353|
|Other plans for ZRL||Improve turnaround time, construct new rail sidings for customers, link ZRL to more ports, make rail network safer and reliable|
He said ZRL also plans to increase passenger train speed to 70 kilometres per hour to increase efficiency and attract more customers.
He said firm desires to grow the business through provision of customer- tailored rail transport services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Mr Manda said the key element of the strategic plan is to shift heavy traffic from road to rail.
“Modernisation of ZRL is therefore inevitable and all stakeholders will need to embrace this change for the company to remain in business and contribute significantly to the development of Zambia,” he said.
On investment needs for the company , he said ZRL requires to increase the wagon capacity to five million metric tonnes of cargo active wagons to 4,600 from the current 1,353 wagons upgrade and modernise the current train workshop.
Other are increase train average speed level to 70 kilometres per hour, improve turnaround time, construct new rail sidling for customers, link ZRL to more ports, make rail network safer and reliable.
The projected traffic to be hauled by ZRL for the mining sector is four million metric tonnes annually by 2018.
Date: 9 October 2013