17 July 2015

TAZARA: Train operations resume in Zambia!

We just got information from the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) that train operations in Zambia resume today (17 July 2015). TAZARA's train operations in Zambia stopped on 29 June 2015 due to a strike by the unionized staff, who tried to press for the payment of their four months salary arrears through work stoppage. The workers at all stations between New Kapiri Mposhi and Nakonde called off their strike action on 16 July 2015 following the payment of the salary arrears by the government of Zambia.
With the resumption of normal operations, the ordinary passenger train, which normally runs on Fridays, will be operated from New Kapiri Mposhi today (17 July 2015) and U-turn on 18 July 2015 at Nakonde on the Zambian side, whilst the Tanzanian side will also run a scheduled ordinary passenger train from Dar es Salaam today and U-turn at Mbeya on 18 July 2015 as well. Both the Mukuba and Kilimanjaro express passenger trains will resume full cross-border operations between Tanzania and Zambia on 21 July 2015.

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