THE Njanji commuter train has increased the number of coaches to meet the high demand for its services in Lusaka, says head of passenger services, Benson Ngula.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Ngula said Zambia Railways Limited was aware of the congestion being experienced by passengers on the Njanji commuter train and has since come to their aid by increasing the coaches from three to five.
Mr. Ngula said that the fares were reduced last month by K1.00 on all routes, and now passengers were paying K2, K3, K4 or K5 depending where one jumps on the train, resulting in a lot of people scrambling for the train.
“We reduced fares on all routes by K1.00 and that has resulted in more passengers coming on board,” he said.
He said that the company will continue to serve the people by maintaining the current fares.
Mr Ngula said that from Monday 13 June, 2016, the train will be leaving Lusaka station at 18.00 hrs and reach Ngwerere at 19.30 hrs daily.
He said: “Effective next Monday, the train will be departing Lusaka station at 18.30 hrs and reach Ngwerere 19.30 hrs where it will be stationed overnight”.
The train will be leaving Ngwerere for Lusaka town at 06.30 hrs to cater for passengers who want to be in town early.
Mr Ngula said that ZRL, through Njanji commuter train, will continue to serve the general public efficiently and address their plight.
He was delighted with the increase of passengers on the train and appealed for more support by Lusaka residents by utilizing its services since it was the cheaper and faster way of beating traffic jams in Lusaka.