PRESS STATEMENT: NRZ INTRODUCES COMMUTER TRAIN IN BULAWAYO
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) would like to advise the public that it is re-introducing commuter trains starting with the City- Cowdray Park route on Monday 5 November, 2018.
The commuter train will operate two services between Bulawayo Station and Esigodweni in Cowdray Park in the morning and evening from Monday to Friday.
Services on other routes will be introduced in due course.
The morning commuter train will depart Bulawayo Station at 0405 Hours and arrive at Esigodweni at 0530 Hours.
It will depart at 0535 Hours and arrive at Bulawayo Station at 0700 Hours.
The evening service will leave Bulawayo Station at 1730 Hours and arrive at Esigodweni at 1850 hours.
It will depart for the return trip at 1855 Hours and arrive at 2015 Hours.
It will have stops at “Greenroofs” in Cowdray Park, Luveve, Cowdray Park Level Crossing, Entumbane, Nguboyenja, Mpopoma and Westgate to pick up and drop off passengers.
The fare is pegged at 50 cents for a single ride. Only cash payment will be accepted for single ride tickets and purchases can be made either before boarding or while on board the train.
Commuters can also buy 10 multi-ride tickets for $4.50.
Multi-ride tickets can be bought using swipe or Ecocash at the Bulawayo Station.
The NRZ urges passengers to pay their fares.
Previously, the NRZ ran a commuter train from Bulawayo to Luveve. However, it has decided to extend the service to Esigodweni, about four kilometres from Luveve Siding, to cater for passengers in the new suburbs sprouting in the city who are paying commuter omnibuses $2 for a single trip into the city.
The NRZ has set aside seven passenger coaches for service.
The NRZ will like to appeal to passengers not to board or disembark from the train while it is motion. They should also avoid stampeding as they get aboard the train.
Public Relations Manager
31 October 2018