Ethiopia’s light railway to begin service after three months

Ethiopian Railway Cooperation has announced on Friday that construction of the Addis Ababa rail way had almost finished and would fully be operational after three months.The corporation has so far imported 33 trains each with carrying capacity of 317 passengers at a time and the remaining 7 trains would arrive late this month, Abebech Deriba- Public Relations Officer of the Corporation said.

The 34.4 km light rail network project has been undertaken by Chinese CREC Company and will have 39 stations in its two lines stretched from east- west and north-south of the capital Addis Ababa.

A 9 km rail transit test operation was officially launched two months ago by the country’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other dignitaries.

The $475 million light railway project has now 85 percent complete and the trains are designed for top speed of 80 kilometers per hour with low carbon emission.

A legal framework in the use of the railway service will be in place as the 30- meter long and 2.65 meter wide trains pass through the city, after 25 years disruption Addis Ababa-Djibouti rail-way service.

The government of Ethiopia has trained 254 Ethiopian in maintenance and inspection in China. With its 41 train buses, the Addis Ababa Light Railway Transit will have a capacity of transporting 60 thousand passengers per hour in both directions.