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ZUPCO Pays NRZ $14 Million Monthly For Commuter Trains

ZUPCO Pays NRZ $14 Million Monthly For Commuter Trains

The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) is paying the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) ZW$14 million (about US$150 538 using the official rate) a month, for providing an urban commuter transport service.

ZUPCO is the sole intra-city public transport provider but has failed to meet demand. In a bid to provide adequate transport for urban dwellers, ZUPCO partnered NRZ for the latter to avail its locomotives for transporting commuters for a fee.

According to an internal memo addressed to NRZ employees, ZUPCO says it pays ZW$24 000 per coach per day, translating to about ZW$14 million per month. The memo, dated 14 October 2021, reads in part:

NRZ and ZUPCO have partnered in providing urban commuter transport service in Harare and are expected to commence the service in Bulawayo soon.

The partnership entails Zupco providing fuel, personal protective equipment and on-board staff whilst NRZ provides commuter trains and crews and in return paid ZW$24 000 per coach per day translating to about ZW$14 million per month.

NRZ requires at least 40 more locomotives, 300 new and modern coaches and 300 wagons, for it to be able to meet some of the service requirements.

Currently, the NRZ has about 40 locomotives, but some of them are not functional, while others have outlived their lifespan of 25 years.

More: The NewsHawks


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Tafadzwa C Muwandi 7 months ago

KANA ZUPCO YABHADHARA NRZ.......NRZ SHIULD REPAIR, MAINTAIN.....AND EXPAND ITS RAILWAY LINES..... INSTEAD NRZ IRIKUNGODYA MARI DOING NOTHING.......THOSE SERVICES SHOULD BE FREEE.......NOONE SHOULD PAY ANYONE.... BECAUSE ZVESE NDEZVE GVT ....


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Mr Bush 7 months ago

Zupco or zvipiko better by new buses than paying NRZ that money it's to much


t.k.t 7 months ago

Zvese boe paying NRZ or Buying busses. But the matter here is honesty. Zupco is paying that's good but what will N.R.Z do - Nothing instead of Something. Same thing kuZupco the more the busses the HIGHER THE FARES. Have you realised kuti lega pega pano uya new Buses vanokwidza mutengo. Apa vema Shop vonzi musa kwidza. Kkkkkkkkk

blaz venyu 7 months ago

musi unoiswa train inoenda kuchitungwiza mbavha mugovernment dzinenge dzapera😂😂😂😂😂


blaz venyu 7 months ago

nyaya yechitungwiza yakasotaurwa bob achagona kumhanya asi pane vaitsikirira coz of intrests in the pvt transport sector

t.k.t 7 months ago

That's why ndaisa those math earlier, all that us$125m ingadai yakato pedza kuvaka njanji yechitungwisa including buying zvimisoro 2/3 & 40coaches to ply that route only. Kkkkkkkkk

Régo 7 months ago

Instead of buying zvimabhazi they shud have refurbished marailways and extend the railways kunzvimbo dzimwe , they should not be shy to copy macampaign starategies evamwe zvekuita kubirira pambudzi apa if they want to copy they should copy all of them .


Régo 7 months ago

Instead of buying zvimabhazi they shud have refurbished marailways and extend the railways kunzvimbo dzimwe , they should not be shy to copy macampaign starategies evamwe zvekuita kubirira pambudzi apa if they want to copy they should copy all of them .


t.k. 7 months ago

Not some have outlived their lifespan BUT EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN THE N.R.Z absolutely ANYTHING even toilet seats. KkkThe market price of a single Dragon bus can buy rail that can construct about 10km of rail track.500 dragons * 250000 each =US $125M
1 Locomotive costs about 3mil. How many would we have now? How much Rail network ingadai yavapo after All almost 50% of dragons are being under utilized by PSC vanhu vachi shaya transport achiswera aka Parker pama Gvt complexes. Oh Lord Precious Hear Us


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