Revised Passenger Train Fares

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Revised Passenger Train Fares

ZAMBIA RAILWAYS LIMITED ADJUSTS PASSENGER TRAIN FARES

Zambia Railways Limited has made an upward adjustment to its passenger transport fares for both passenger tickets as well as parcels.

The increment has been necessitated by the need to mitigate against the high operational costs that the company is experiencing thereby adversely affecting the continued operation of the service.

’This increment is necessary if we have to keep providing a service to our clients who are mainly small-scale farmers, traders and vulnerable members of our community. It is a corporate social responsibility that we are happy to provide. However, we need to be able to recoup some of our direct fuel costs…at the barest minimum” said ZRL Acting Managing Director Engineer Fred Mwila in a statement

He further added that the Passenger Train service has always been a Corporate Social Responsibility and the income generated from the fares is far much less than the cost of running the train.

The last price adjustment on the Passenger side of business by Zambia Railways Limited was in 2019

Currently ZRL operates two (2) passenger trains per week on the mainline between Livingstone and Kitwe and two (2) mixed trains per week between Mulobezi and Livingstone.

The new passenger price fares will be effective on 12th September, 2022 and details of the new fares have been placed on notice boards at various  railway stations across the country.

Members of the general public are therefore encouraged to acquaint themselves with the new fare structure.

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Editor’s Note

Incorporated in 1982. Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) is wholly owned by the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). It is mandated under the Railways Act of 1984 to operate both rail passenger and freight trains.

ZRL has four (4) business units namely Freight, Passenger, Real Estate, and Engineering Services.

The Freight Business Unit is the main contributor towards ZRL’s total revenue

ZRL’s main operations domain is Mulobezi to Chililabombwe, and Chipata to Mchinji. The Company also provides train operations beyond its borders, through the respective railway administrations and connects to nearly all the ports in the SADC region. This enables ZRL to provide Import, Local, Export and Transit rail transportation services. Through its strategic partnerships, ZRL provides end to end logistics services for local traffic.

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