Ekandjo wants bullet train for Namibia in 20 years

16 Apr 2019 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Member of Parliament (MP) Jerry Ekandjo wants Government to set aside N.dollars 10 million for 20 years annually to foot the bill for a bullet train to run between Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth.
Ekandjo was sharing his thoughts on a motion made in the National Assembly by Swapo backbencher Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, which seeks to improve road safety and reduce accident rates.
A bullet train is a high-speed rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialised rolling stock and dedicated tracks.
“There were also ideas that we should have a commuter train between Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja so that people who work can at least breathe on the road,” he said.
Ekandjo said in five years, the roads will be congested and there needs to be a solution - which is the bullet train.
“We can build highways but the only solution is if we plan for a bullet train,” Ekandjo added.
He said the current train will not suffice as it only moves at 80 kilometres per hour.
Another recommendation Ekandjo gave was that Air Namibia has regular flights to the major towns in Namibia, namely between Keetmanshoop and Mariental; Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as well Ondangwa and other northern towns.
“Namibia is the only country with the road as a daily mode of transport,” he also added.
Late last year, Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa said deaths due to road traffic accidents reached 3,76 per cent of the country’s total deaths while the country is ranked 45th globally in terms of road fatalities.