Passenger trains are set to return to Sierra Leone after it was discontinued under the Siaka Stevens regime nearly 50 years ago.

During the launch of the Special Industrial Zone (SIZ) in Koya, Port Loko District by ARISE IIP, the company’s Logistic Value Chain Director, Jesper Boll revealed that they have plans to start passenger train service in Sierra Leone.

Director Boll said that the train is already on its way to the West African nation.

He stated that they believe as a company that Sierra Leone will only achieve its full potential if there is a link between the port and the interior of the West African nation.

He added that the company will also be looking forward to transporting workers and passengers from the interior to the SIZ where factories will be available to process local goods for consumption and export.

Some of the factories to be constructed early in the over 1,500 hectares will include a pharmaceutical unit, ceramic tile unit and non-ferrous metal recycling unit.

The Chief Executive Officer of Africa Finance Cooperation, Samalia Zubairu said that the SIZ has the capability to transform Sierra Leone’s economy since it will drastically reduce import. He said the problem of the country’s economy is similar to other African nations because they consume more of imported product than the export.

Passenger train service was introduced by the British Government in the Sierra Leone colony in the early 20th century. Train service was available from the far eastern town of Pendembu to the capital city, Freetown.