Despite the controversy surrounding the newly introduced Botswana Railways passenger train tender, the South African company that won the tender to manufacture coaches has finally handed to BR the last remaining batch of fifteen coaches.
Even Botswana Railways Amalgamated Workers Union BRAWU has given a thumps up to the arrival of the coaches.
BR spokesperson Kebabonye Morwaagae confirmed to this publication that BR has finally received the fifteen luxurious coaches that were the last batch from the SA manufacturer.
“BR is happy to announce the arrival of luxurious coaches that have been handed over last month and they will add the flair to our fleet.”
Although he did not want to go into the details he said among the received coaches are the luxurious sleeper coaches that allow passengers to sleep or relax while traveling either during the day or at night.
He said BR Express is running according to the stipulated times and has so far not experienced any problems.
He further said they will continue to improve and maintain the standard of the passenger train as it is here to stay.
“It is of paramount importance that passengers too have the responsibility to take care of the train in order for it to last”.
Meanwhile Morwaagae has indicated that BR might be considering introducing short distance trips that used to run between Gaborone/Lobatse, Pilane/Gaborone and Tonota/Francistown.
“Is something good that can be discussed.”
The chairperson of Botswana Railways Amalgamated Workers Union BRAWU Gaebepe Molaodi also confirmed the arrival of coaches.
“I have to be honest with you the coaches are very nice especially the sleeper coaches,” she said.