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Tanzania's construction of standard gauge rail jolts truck owners 

The statement comes in the wake of laying a foundation stone for construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) this week to Mwanza and Kigoma which, upon completion, will enable the country to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo daily, equivalent to 500 trucks of 20 tonnes each.

Tanzania's construction of standard gauge rail jolts truck owners 

The statement comes in the wake of laying a foundation stone for construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) this week to Mwanza and Kigoma which, upon completion, will enable the country to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo daily, equivalent to 500 trucks of 20 tonnes each.

15 April 2017 Saturday 11:43
Tanzania's construction of standard gauge rail jolts truck owners 

TANZANIA Truck Owners Association (TATOA) has said they will organize themselves and ensure there is efficiency in the sector to enable them compete both locally and regionally.

The statement comes in the wake of laying a foundation stone for construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) this week to Mwanza and Kigoma which, upon completion, will enable the country to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo daily, equivalent to 500 trucks of 20 tonnes each.

The first phase of the project, which is intended to connect the East African region, was launched on Wednesday with a 200km section of the railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, which is expected to take 30 months.

Works and Transport Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa said the electricity-powered bullet train will have a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

However, TATOA Programme Officer Ramadhan Juma said his association would need to be more efficient in order to attract customers to continue using their services.

“Among plans in the pipeline to make TATOA operations more efficient is to reduce road stations and use fewer hours in transporting cargo to different destinations,” he said.

He said currently they were spending more than eight hours to transport a consignment from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, which will ensure the driver uses less time to reach the destination.

He added that customers will then decide where to go by making comparison of services, cost and time effectiveness between rail and road transport.

Ramadhani explained that due to the operational cost of SGR, which uses electricity and diesel, especial in mountains, there would ultimately be little difference in cost.

He noted that the association will also use it as an opportunity to open business in other regions where trucks did not go before.

“In every industry there are challenges, therefore since there are places where rail does not reach it is an opportunity to us because it will open a new way for business in those areas,“ the TATOA official said.

However, upon construction completion in about two-and-a-half years’ time (September 2019), the ultra-modern railway is expected to improve the movement of transit goods from the port of Dar es Salaam to landlocked neighboring countries, thus boosting regional trade links.

'Construction of standard gauge railway jolts TATOA into action' The statement comes in the wake of laying a foundation stone for construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) this week to Mwanza and Kigoma which, upon completion, will enable the country to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo daily, equivalent to 500 trucks of 20 tonnes each.

The first phase of the project, which is intended to connect the East African region, was launched on Wednesday with a 200km section of the railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, which is expected to take 30 months.

Works and Transport Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa said the electricity-powered bullet train will have a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

However, TATOA Programme Officer Ramadhan Juma said his association would need to be more efficient in order to attract customers to continue using their services.

“Among plans in the pipeline to make TATOA operations more efficient is to reduce road stations and use fewer hours in transporting cargo to different destinations,” he said.

He said currently they were spending more than eight hours to transport a consignment from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, which will ensure the driver uses less time to reach the destination.

He added that customers will then decide where to go by making comparison of services, cost and time effectiveness between rail and road transport.

Ramadhani explained that due to the operational cost of SGR, which uses electricity and diesel, especial in mountains, there would ultimately be little difference in cost.

He noted that the association will also use it as an opportunity to open business in other regions where trucks did not go before.

“In every industry there are challenges, therefore since there are places where rail does not reach it is an opportunity to us because it will open a new way for business in those areas,“ the TATOA official said.

However, upon construction completion in about two-and-a-half years’ time (September 2019), the ultra-modern railway is expected to improve the movement of transit goods from the port of Dar es Salaam to landlocked neighboring countries, thus boosting regional trade links.

The Guardian

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