Rift Valley Railways To Resume Passenger Train Services

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Rift Valley Railways – RVR, the company that took over the defunct Uganda Railways, is to resume passenger services in the country.

Rift Valley Railways – RVR, the company that took over the defunct Uganda Railways, is to resume passenger services in the country.

However, this particular service will be limited to the Kampala-Namanve route.

Peter Omolo, the Operations Manager passenger services says they hope to resume carrying passengers by mid next month.

Omolo says the train will be operating from Namanve to Kampala railway station daily at 7am and 5pm.

On Wednesday the RVR ran a taste train service to Namanve and back. The company has revamped five wagons ready to transport passengers. 

When asked why there was no train services on the Western route, Omollo said they could not have passengers to the West of Kampala because right from Nalukolongo on-wards the railway line has been vandalized.

According to Omollo, the line needs a lot of money to re-install, which is not immediately available.

However, RVR is yet to determine the transport fare for each passenger.  The move comes at a time when transport fares are biting hard into people’s earnings. In the early 1980s, Uganda Railways was running a passenger service which was known as Kayoola that everyday operated railway services from the railway headquarters in Kampala to Eastern and Western parts of the country.

RVR consortium is led by Sheltam Rail Corporation of South Africa that has experience with management of other African railways. Minor partners of the consortium are Kenya’s Prime Fuels, Mirambo Holdings of Tanzania, and Comazar and the CDIO Institute for Africa Development, both of South Africa.

The consortium plans to invest in the railway system, upgrade it, reduce inefficiencies, utilize a smaller work force, and generate an annual concession fee of 11.1% in each country.

In addition, it will pay one million dollars each year for the passenger service concession in Kenya and 500,000 dollars annually to Uganda for the same reason.

The consortium plans to manage railway services between Uganda and Kenya for 25 years.

 

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