8 Oct 2007

PNG to consider building railways

6:03 pm on 8 October 2007

Papua New Guinea government is looking to do a feasiblity study into whether railways would be a better way of linking up major centres.

The National newspaper reports the study would also asses whether a rail system could reduce the cost of transporting goods.

The Transport and Works minister Don Polye said in parliament that the Department of Transport was considering whether to construct railways to complement main highways.

The National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said a railway was a cheaper form of transportation, easy to construct and maintain, and it could carry more freight.