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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.








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