Fiji Time: 12:42 AM on Tuesday 28 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Passenger rail talks look promising

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has held initial discussions with the authorities and is exploring the possibility of establishing a passenger train service between Lautoka and Nadi in the near future.

FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said the move, designed to reduce road congestion and increase accessibility by offering an innovative transport service between the two centres, had developed from initial discussions held last year.

"In the first instance, we will have to look at which areas need to be upgraded or extended because we need a basis to start off with," he said.

"We have to identify which areas need upgrading and possibly, extension, to ensure the maximum benefit for all people.

"In the first quarter of this year we hope to achieve this."

Mr Khan said the FSC had noted that during the school terms, traffic congestion was a real concern.

"What we have is a totally viable transport system that could take the load off our roads and reduce congestion.

"The rail system is an available infrastructure or delivery system that could positively benefit the people of the Western Division immensely."

If the project is given the greenlight, it will be sometime before passengers can ride on the train because passenger compartments have to be built to specifications and approved by relevant authorities.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65130.6323
JPY 54.705951.7059
GBP 0.38890.3809
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.70040.6674
AUD 0.64260.6176
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Family hopes to raise $60,000
  2. Explicit photos online
  3. Bouncer walks a free man
  4. Woman ordered to take her dog for medical attention
  5. Nalaga shows the way
  6. Assistance for fire victims
  7. Ex-PM marks special event
  8. Sangam goes from strength to strength
  9. Reddy: Keep OBs out
  10. State told to improve work time

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Siblings perish Sunday (26 Mar)
  3. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  5. Family hopes to raise $60,000 Monday (27 Mar)
  6. 7s star told don't reoffend Friday (24 Mar)
  7. 'Sims' the star barber Sunday (26 Mar)
  8. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State Thursday (23 Mar)
  9. Shrea wins modelling title Sunday (26 Mar)
  10. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)