National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) spokesperson, Nyasha Maravanyika told journalists at a Press conference in Bulawayo on Wednesday that they have recorded a 50% increase in the number of passengers using its trains following the deployment of new coaches early this year.
NRZ leased equipment comprising 13 locomotives, 200 wagons and 34 coaches from South African rail utility, Transnet and DIDG Consortium. So far, 10 locomotives, 200 wagons and seven coaches have been delivered. Said Maravanyika:
The seven coaches were deployed on the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls route. This is where we have put the seven coaches and we have already realised an increase in patronage, where initially with our brown coaches, we were carrying around 200 passengers, but with the deployment of these new coaches we have so much interest and the coaches right now are recording numbers that are over 300 in terms of patronage.
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