NRZ resumes commuter train service in Bulawayo

NRZ resumes commuter train service in Bulawayo

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is resuming its commuter train service in Bulawayo which was suspended in March following the outbreak of Covid-19.

The commuter train service will start operating on Monday 2 November 2020, the NRZ said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to the City-Cowdray Park Route which has been running since 5 November 2018, an additional service will be introduced on the City- Emganwini route.

“The extension of the service to Emganwini follows requests by residents and civic leaders for the NRZ to extend the commuter service for people staying in the south-western suburbs of the city,” NRZ public relations officer Nyasha Maravanyika.

Fares for the commuter trains will be pegged at RTGS$16 per trip.

Payment can be made using cash, Point of Sale (POS) machines or Ecocash.

“The City- Mganwini train will leave the Bulawayo Station at 0500 Hours and arrive at Khami at 0530 Hours,” Maravanyika said.

“It will leave Khami at 0600 Hours and arrive at the Bulawayo station at 0650 Hours. For the evening run, it will leave Bulawayo Station at 1720 Hours arriving at Khami at 1820 Hours. The return trip leaves Khami at 1845 Hours and arrives in the city at 1915 Hours,” he continued.

The morning service to Cowdray Park leaves Bulawayo Station at 0410 hours and arrives at Pasi Pasi at 0525 Hours.

It leaves for the city at 0545 Hours arriving at Bulawayo Station at 0700 Hours. In the evening, the train will leave Bulawayo Station at 1730 Hours and arrive at 1845 Hours.

It departs Pasi Pasi at 1905 Hours and arrives at Bulawayo Station at 2040 Hours. The commuter train service will run from Monday to Friday and there will be no service during weekends and public holidays.

“NRZ has put in place measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Coaches will be disinfected every day,” Maravanyika said.

“Passengers will also have their temperature measured and hands washed or sanitised before boarding the train. People suspected to be infected with Covid-19 will not be allowed to board the train.”

“Passengers will be required to wear face masks in adherence to Covid-19 regulations. Passengers without face masks will not be allowed to board the train. Security personnel will be deployed aboard trains to ensure strict enforcement of Covid-19 regulations,” he added.

NRZ suspended its passenger train services in March after Government imposed a national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.