10/3/11 (AEIN) Mozambique's state-run railway and port operator CFM intends to establish a new train route which will take passengers from the country's capitol Maputo to Salamanga. The railway line is undergoing rehabilitation which CFM expects to finish by 2012, the Mozambique News Agency reported on Monday.
The railway also plans to transport cargo, such as limestone, cement and agricultural products. A new cement factory is under construction in Salamanga; trains will be able to supply it with limestone and take the cement to Maputo. Another cement plant is already operating in Matola, which trains on the new line will also service.
Maputo and Salamanga are both located in far southern Mozambique, near the border with Swaziland. The southeast African country had just over twelve-hundred kilometers (1,946 miles) of railway lines in 2004, according to Encarta. Many of southern Africa's mineral exports travel through Maputo on trains as they head to other regions.