ALGIERS,– Algeria’s National Rail Transport Company (SNTF) has received ten new freight diesel locomotives to help boost its operation, says its chief executive officer, Yacine Bendjaballah.

The locomotives, which arrived Tuesday, are part of an overall order of 30 freight diesel locomotives, he told Algerian National Radio here Wednesday.

The public company seeks to increase its freight capacity from 2.0 per cent of national freight movements currently to 17 per cent by 2020, he said, adding that the 2.0 per cent represented five million tonnes of goods transported by the railway company every year.

SNTF, which is currently in financial difficulties, depends on State subsidies, he said, adding that its revenues from transporting people and goods amounted to only 4.0 billion dinars (about 36.45 million US dollars), while State subsidies amounted to 19 billion dinars.

In order to purchase new freight locomotives, the company had taken a series of measures to increase its revenues and strengthen controls to prevent fare dodging, which results in 30 per cent loss of earnings for SNTF, he explained.

He also announced a project to introduce an electronic rail traffic management system, which will allow having more trains in operation and reducing delays.

To that end, SNTF engineers have been sent to Germany for training, he said, adding that the first batch of 67 engineers had completed their training, while the second group of 50 engineers would leave for Germany in September.


Source: Name News Network

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