Cear increases rail coaches to six   

The Central East African Railway (Cear) has  increased the number  of  passenger-carrying rail coaches from three to  six  in response to an outcry from  the general  public that the number of coaches were not enough to carter for them.

Hendry Chimwaza: Cear Managing Director
Hendry Chimwaza: Cear Managing Director
CEAR train undergoing service...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
CEAR train undergoing service…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Cear’s Communications Officer Chisomo Mwamadi told Nyasa Times that they received a lot of complaints that the three coaches were not enough and that many passengers were literally left at the stations.

He said last year they introduced a second passengers train between Limbe and Nayuchi which passes through Balaka and Liwonde inorder to meet the demand from people that rely on railway transport.

Mwamadi said the train was going there once every Wednesday and that it meant they had a lot of people boarding since it was only once. As a result, they transit time was long as they wait for people to board and put in their luggage. And to counter these, the second train was introduced.

However, he said the challenge was that they reduced the number of coaches since they thought going there twice will be a good idea.

“After the first two trips, we got a lot of complaints that the coaches were not enough and other people were literally left at stations because of the reduced coaches from 9-3,” said Mwamadi.

He said in response, from January 20, Cear increased the number of coaches from 3-6 or more depending on demand on each day so that they increase the sitting capacity to serve Malawians better.

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6 years ago

Has it be considered that a service on more days may see an increase in use?

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