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Gov't forges ahead with railway service revival plans

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:31 PM
In this April 2011 file photo, Mike Henry enjoys the train ride from May Pen to Linstead.

The Government is moving ahead with its election promise to revive the railway service.

On Friday it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based company Herzog.

The Ministry of Transport and Mining this morning said over the past nine months, the Jamaica Railway Corporation has been engaged in intense discussions concerning the re-start of the cargo and passenger rail service.

The ministry said that an agreement would take Jamaica one step closer to a viable railway service. 

The MOU is to be signed at the Ministry of Transport and Mining in Kingston.

An attempt was made by the previous Jamaica Labour Party administration to revive the rail way service, but this was discontinued shortly after the People’s National Party took over the reins of government in 2011.

It was argued that the operation of a railway service in Jamaica was unsustainable as it was too costly.