Transnet Freight Rail private operators

Transnet Freight Rail opens its network to private operators

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is introducing third-party operators into its branch network through concessions as it prepares to introduce private operators on the main lines in the future.

The reforms by the South African freight rail operator are outlined in a draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (NIP 2050) recently gazetted for public comment by the country’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

To achieve this goal, TFR is commercially separating rail infrastructure from operations, with a target date of 2022/3. This will ultimately enable the railway operator to formulate tariffs for third parties.

TFR is also developing a hook-and-haul service to encourage private wagons.

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TFR is the largest freight rail transport operator in Africa. The company maintains a rail network of approximately 31,000 track km (20,900 route km). The diverse rail network comprises 1,500 km heavy haul lines and 3,928 km of branch lines that serve as feeders to main lines. The rail network service provides strategic links between ports, terminals and production hubs, hence providing connectivity with other railways in Southern Africa to support regional integration.

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