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Negotiations Delay Resumption of Commuter Train Services :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Negotiations Delay Resumption of Commuter Train Services

On-going negotiations between the Government of Uganda, Uganda Railways Corporation – URC and Rift Valley Railways – RVR are still a major stumbling block to the resumption of commuter passenger train services in Kampala, RVR General Manager has said.

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Prolonged negotiations between the Government of Uganda, Uganda Railways Corporation – URC and Rift Valley Railways – RVR have delayed the resumption of commuter passenger train services in Kampala, RVR General Manager has said.

James Nyambari, said on Thursday  that the negotiations are mainly focussed on how the train service will be operated, who will be in charge of the operations and the fares to be charged.

RVR are the holders of the concession to run flight train services between Kampala and the Kenyan port of Mombasa minus the passenger services.

RVR recently ran a  trial service by transporting  passengers to and from foot matches in Namboole, Five coaches each with a 100 passenger carrying capacity have so far been refurbished. 

After negotiations, RVR promises to run train passenger services from the Kampala railway station to Namanve.

However the concession will not extend commuter train services on the Western route because the line has been vandalized right from Nalukolongo.

Nyambari described the Eastern line as safe for the morning and evening passenger train services. 

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The  general manager explians that the decision  to resume passenger services stems from the desire to ease transport during the rush hour morning and evening traffic jam by availing an alternative to commuters.

The resumption was also a marketing tool to make Ugandan the existence of train services Uganda where most people think they are no more.

 

However when asked how much RVR would charge from Kampala to Namanve, Nyambari explained that the fare would be determined during the negotiations.

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