These four new trains are part of a set of 10 trains that will be delivered by the Ministry of Transport to the railways of Luanda, Benguela and Moçêmedes. This reinforcement is intended to respond to the increase in demand on the rail routes linking Luanda to Viana, Benguela to Lobito and also the routes in Lubango and Moçâmedes.
These new trains can carry up to a maximum of 700 people per day.
The Minister of Transport, Ricardo D'Abreu, said, quoted by Novo Jornal, that the government does not want to take long to make the new "means available to the population", admitting that this should happen during the next 45 to 60 days.
"We are seeing if in the next few days we can make the suburban trains in Luanda operational", he said.
The governor also revealed that the compositions that will be delivered to Benguela are already on their way to Angola.
As for the three trains that will be delivered to Lubango, Ricardo D'Abreu said that these as they were manufactured in China may take time to be delivered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sérgio Luther Rescova, governor of Luanda, considered that this reinforcement will improve transport services in the capital, but left a warning: "these means will improve urban transport, but their conservation is necessary, because there will be no point in the executive making large investments like this if together we do not adopt a responsible stance for the conservation of these means".