THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) ZUPCO train service has been extended to Bulawayo as part of efforts to alleviate transport challenges in the city.
Launched in Harare two months ago, the commuter train service which was introduced by the National Railways of Zimbabwe -NRZ in conjunction with the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company –ZUPCO has been taken to the country’s second-largest city where it has been welcomed as a huge source of relief by commuters.
NRZ board member Kenias Mafukidze, who stood in for board chairperson, Advocate Martin Dinha, said commuter trains are a direct response to the transport challenges in urban areas.
“Commuter trains are a solution to reduce traffic congestion in major cities because of the high traffic volumes currently experienced in Bulawayo and Harare,” said Mafukidze.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube who commissioned the train service said the re-birth of the rail transport system indicates the government’s commitment to ensure a safe, affordable and reliable public transport system.
K“This NRZ-ZUPCO undertaking is a clear demonstration of government’s commitment towards putting people first because they deserve safe, affordable and reliable means of transport,” said Honourable Ncube.
The re-birth of the commuter passenger train service comes at a time when the National Railways of Zimbabwe is working on its recapitalisation, which involves the renewal of rail infrastructure joining South Africa, Kenya and Tunisia as the only African countries which run regular and reliable commuter train services in major cities.