Yapi Merkezi to modernise Zimbabwe railways

Yapi Merkezi, the Turkish company which recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to recapitalise and modernise the nation’s railway system, has started implementing Phase One of the deal which includes assessing rail infrastructure across the country.

The deal will kick-start the transformation of NRZ through the rehabilitation of the country’s railways.

Yapi Merkezi’s three-member delegation, which was in the country, assessed the railway tracks, locomotives and signalling system.

The team assessed possibilities of incorporating light railway systems in urban areas which will be used for public transportation.

Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Development Engineer Theodius Chinyanga said Phase One entails rehabiliting existing infrastructure.

“Under Phase One, no new railway infrastructure is envisioned,” he added.

Yapi Merkezi previously secured USD 1.9bn contract to build a 422-kilometer high-speed electric railway line in Tanzania.

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