(EcoFinances) – The performance of the Douala-Yaoundé Express Train, which is the means of transport linking the city of Douala to the rest of Cameroon, was praised on 1 July 2023 by Camrail, the concession holder for Cameroon’s railways and a subsidiary of AGL (Africa Global Logistics), according to a press release issued by the company and received by EcoFinances.Net in recent days.
Since its launch on 1 July 2021, this means of transport linking the country’s two major cities (Douala and Yaoundé) has carried up to 328,771 passengers between Cameroon’s economic and political capitals. To achieve this objective, the Douala-Yaoundé Express Train has made 1,394 journeys during this period.
« Every day, departing from Douala at 6.30am and Yaoundé at 5pm, the Express Train contributes to the development of trade and the mobility of goods and people. Thanks to its comfortable, air-conditioned carriages in first and premium classes, it has become one of the first choices for those looking for a safe and affordable transport alternative », says the rail transport company.
It adds: « Passengers appreciate the comfort offered by modern on-board facilities, such as TV screens and power sockets, which allow passengers to work during the journey. The bar-restaurant car, with meals and drinks served on board, is another benefit that enhances the passenger experience ».
Wi-Fi soon on board the Express Train
Compared to Camrail’s other means of transport, the Express Train stands out for its punctual and regular service, enabling it to serve the towns of Edéa, Messondo, Eséka, Makak and Ngoumou on a daily basis.
« On the occasion of our second anniversary, I would like to express my gratitude to all our employees for their commitment to the smooth running of the Express Train. Their professionalism has enabled us to provide the quality of service that has made us such a success. I would also like to thank all our passengers and partners who have supported us over the last two years. We are already looking forward to the next few journeys with you, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to serve you to the best of our ability. We are already planning to offer Wi-Fi on board in the near future », says Dr Gilbert Nkana Pondy, Deputy Director General (DGA) in charge of Passenger Transport at Camrail.
Camrail (Cameroon Railways), a subsidiary of Africa Global Logistics (AGL), has held the concession for Cameroon’s railways since 1999. As a major player in Cameroon’s economic and social development, it claims to invest an average of 12 billion CFA francs a year. « The company pays an average of 10 billion CFA francs each year to the State of Cameroon in royalties, taxes and fees. With 1,500 direct employees and 4,000 subcontracted staff, Camrail is developing a proactive human resources policy », the company points out.