Former vice president Enoch Kavindele says the construction of the North-west railway line from Chingola in the Copperbelt province to Solwezi in North-western province is set to start next year in January.
Mr. Kavindele, who is also the Chief Executive Officer for North West rail line company, said the project was expected to create about 8,000 jobs during the construction period and over 3, 000 jobs after it is completed.
He said the company has done a rail line demo unit in Chingola which is awaiting a final approval from government before the project is implemented.
Speaking to journalists in Solwezi, Mr. Kavindele said government has indicated that it will acquire 30 per cent of the equity shares in the company.
The former vice president said the rail line was important to North-western as it will create jobs for the local people and also help to reduce pressure on the Solwezi Chingola road from damage as the transportation of copper from the province will be done by rail.
The project will be financed by the African Development Bank AfDB and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.