Gov’t Negotiates with Major Investor to Revitalise Rail Service

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  • The Government is negotiating with a major investor to revitalise the country’s rail service at a cost of US$270 million.
  • The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2016/17 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives.
  • It is also intended to overhaul 55 kilometres of the Appleton to Clarendon Park leg at a cost of US$80.6 million; and revamp 21 kilometres of the Spanish Town to Kingston leg at a cost of US$38.9 million.

The Government is negotiating with a major investor to revitalise the country’s rail service at a cost of US$270 million.

Making the disclosure on May 24, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the revitalisation project is expected to employ thousands of persons and stimulate economies of the communities through which the rail service passes.

“Furthermore, the reintroduction of train service is also expected to increase access to markets and improve the country’s prosperity,” he said.

The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2016/17 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives.

Implementation of the project will include an overhaul of 58 kilometres of the Montego Bay to Appleton leg at a cost of US$85.5 million; and an upgrade of 73 kilometres of the Spanish Town to Ewarton and Spanish Town to Clarendon Park legs at a combined cost of US$7.2 million.

It is also intended to overhaul 55 kilometres of the Appleton to Clarendon Park leg at a cost of US$80.6 million; and revamp 21 kilometres of the Spanish Town to Kingston leg at a cost of US$38.9 million.

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