October 19, 2017

FIRST-CLASS DECISION — Myanma Railways to sub-contract faltering train services

A passenger train is seen between Bagan and the Kyaukpadaung Raod Section. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A passenger train is seen between Bagan and the Kyaukpadaung Raod Section. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Myanma Railways is considering giving contracts to some train services that are operating at a loss.
Union Minister for Transport and Rail Transportation U Nyan Tun Aung gave a green light to officials of Myanma Railways to transform train services running in some parts of the country into private contractors in line with the Myanmar Railways Law.
“It is necessary to scrutinise the train services that are currently operating at loss for the sake of public convenience and to run them in a win-win cooperation system with private companies,” the Union Minister said at a meeting with officials during his inspection tour of the Yangon Railway Station yesterday.
Myanma Railways is planning to buy 66 new DEMU cars as part a plan for upgrading the Circle Line in Yangon.
Train services with modern engines and air-bag coaches will start to run between Yangon and Mandalay at the end of January next year, according to U Thurein Win, the managing director of Myanma Railways.
Meanwhile, plans are underway to launch electric train services along Strand Road at the end of January next year, he added.

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