Botswana, Zambia rail link coming

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:00

In an effort to facilitate regional trade the country is forging ahead with the establishment of a railway line with Zambia. The rail link will add to the Namibia and Mozambique connection which are also in the pipeline, Minister of Transport and Communications Frank Ramsden revealed last week.

The new rail link between Botswana and Zambia, bypassing Zimbabwe was first mooted in 2005. The line was envisaged as running south-westwards from Livingstone, crossing the Zambesi, then continuing to a junction with the existing BR tracks at Mosetse. The proposal arose following the serious loss of traffic suffered by BR following the opening of the Beitbridge-Bulawayo line. The suggested line, Ramsden pointed out, would provide important alternative routes linking South Africa, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ramsden said the country has started negotiations with Zambia and through the route Botswana will export soda ash, coal and be able to bring more imports from outside the country and create more outlets. “The rail line will be included in the planned Kazungula bridge and is currently at feasibility study. We hope by next year the study should be [continue reading]


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