Dar-Arusha train travel to begin end of August

12Aug 2020
The Guardian
Dar-Arusha train travel to begin end of August

​​​​​​​TRAIN services for both goods and passengers from Dar es Salaam to Arusha are expected to begin at the end of this month after repairs to the dilapidated permanent ways are completed.

Arusha Regional Commissioner Idd Kimanta.

In the circumstances, the Arusha Regional Commissioner Idd Kimanta has appealed to village and areas executives in Arumeru District living near the Moshi-Arusha portion of the railway line to ensure they guard infrastructure.

He issued the directive early this week when he met with the local leaders and called on them to convene public rallies in their areas to educate the people the importance for the protection of the railway line passing their areas.

He said: “Goods and passenger train services from Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Moshi up to Arusha were discontinued 20 years ago, but will officially now restart at the end of this month following major revamping on the permanent way.”

He said goods train services will also reduce destruction to the tarmac ads infrastructures built at high cost, but will also benefit traders in carrying their goods in bulk cheaply.

Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) Head for Communications Jamila Mbaruku said revamping of the Arusha-Moshi railway line that had been dilapidated through many years of disuse will be completed before the end of this month.

She also used the opportunity to call upon leaders in the area to caution people not to engage in human activities near the railway line.