National Railways of ZimbabweNRZ has announced its decision to resume commuter train service in Bulawayo 6 months after the service was suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The matter came to light in a statement that was published by NRZ Publlic relations officer Nyasha Mataranyika that revealed that the commuter train service will start operating on Monday 2 November 2020:
In addition to the City-Cowdray Park Route which has been running since 5 November 2018, an additional service will be introduced on the City- Emganwini route.
The extension of the service to Emganwini follows requests by residents and civic leaders for the NRZ to extend the commuter service for people staying in the south-western suburbs of the city. The City- Mganwini train will leave the Bulawayo Station at 0500 Hours and arrive at Khami at 0530 Hours.
It will leave Khami at 0600 Hours and arrive at the Bulawayo station at 0650 Hours. For the evening run, it will leave Bulawayo Station at 1720 Hours arriving at Khami at 1820 Hours. The return trip leaves Khami at 1845 Hours and arrives in the city at 1915 Hours
The morning service to Cowdray Park leaves Bulawayo Station at 0410 hours and arrives at Pasi Pasi at 0525 Hours.
It leaves for the city at 0545 Hours arriving at Bulawayo Station at 0700 Hours. In the evening, the train will leave Bulawayo Station at 1730 Hours and arrive at 1845 Hours.
It departs Pasi Pasi at 1905 Hours and arrives at Bulawayo Station at 2040 Hours. The commuter train service will run from Monday to Friday and there will be no service during weekends and public holidays.
NRZ has put in place measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Coaches will be disinfected every day.
Passengers will also have their temperature measured and hands washed or sanitised before boarding the train. People suspected to be infected with Covid-19 will not be allowed to board the train.
Passengers will be required to wear face masks in adherence to Covid-19 regulations. Passengers without face masks will not be allowed to board the train. Security personnel will be deployed aboard trains to ensure strict enforcement of Covid-19 regulations
Passengers can pay their traifares using using cash, Point of Sale (POS) machines or Ecocash according to NRZ.
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