The Central East African Railways (Cear) is today expected to carry out maintenance works at Churchill Road level crossing in Limbe, Blantyre.
In a brief statement issued yesterday, Cear states that the maintenance activities will involve removal of some of the rail infrastructure and replacing it with new materials.
Motorists have since been urged to use alternative routes so as to avoid any inconveniences while maintenance, scheduled to last up to midnight is underway.
Reads the statement in part: “The maintenance activities will involve removing of the road surface to replace rail infrastructure and applying new road surface thereby making the road impassable for motorists.”
Following the maintenance works, the statement adds, Cear’s passenger train, which departs at 8am, will not be proceeding to Limbe.
Cear will instead use their Blantyre Wenela Station for arrivals and departures during that period.
Last November, lawmakers and stakeholders at the seventh stakeholder meeting of the Nacala Corridor operations organised by Cear and Vale Logistics asked railway companies and government to put up incentives to entice businesses to use the railway.
The discussion was part of Cear and Vale Logistics’ initiative to solicit views from communities on the work of the railway company and give an update of rail operations along the Nacala Corridor.
Chief loading stock officer in the railway department under the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Madalitso Kuyera, admitted that railway transport is underutilised yet it presents enormous advantages.
On his part, Cear managing director Gustav Stein said the company, whose plan is to increase revenue, welcomes ideas that would help it achieve its goals.