18 Jun 2013

Proposal for passenger trains in Fiji's western division

3:08 pm on 18 June 2013

The Fiji government is looking at developing a railway network in the Western division by using trains on tramlines owned by the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

FBC News reports the Minister for Works, Timoci Natuva, as saying the 11 million US dollar initiative will mean less congestion on the roads in peak times and faster transportation of cargo.

The proposed passenger trains will service those living between Ra and Sigatoka.

The Executive Chair of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, Abdul Khan, says the company is reviewing its railways, which are unused for most of the year, and will invest millions in the project before the system's proposed start date in 2016.