ADDIS ABABA-DJIBOUTI RAILWAY TO BEGIN TRIAL SERVICE SOON

The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway linking the capital of land-locked Ethiopia with the port of Djibuti near the mouth of the Red Sea, will start trial services early in the upcoming Ethiopian year beginning Sept 11.

Ninety-nine per cent of the project has been completed, says Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) Communication and Public Relations Head Dereje Tefera here Wednesday.

He told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that 1,171 locomotives and wagons, which are now at Sebeta, Dire Dawa and Djibouti, will start transporting passengers and cargo between Addis Ababa and Djibouti.

Some 2,000 commuters can be transported daily and 3,500 tons of cargo in a single trip, according to Dereje, who added that the 656-kilometre jourey would be covered within 10 hours.

Upon becoming fully operational, the railway is expected to provide some 3,000 permanent and temporary jobs. Some 3.4 billon US dollars were was spent on the project, it was learned.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK