Victoria Falls Bridge Toll

HARARE - Emerged Railway Properties (ERP) is engaged in consultations with the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia to commence tolling at the Victoria Falls Bridge as it moves to raise funds to maintain infrastructure, an official has said. (Pictured: A toll is being debated to provide the money necessary to repair the Victoria Falls bridge.)

The company needs a cash injection of US$1.9 million to maintain the bridge with US$800 000 being used to replace the railway deck, US$800 000 needed for the replacement of the roadway deck while US$300 000 needed for the replacement of the footway deck.

In an interview, ERP joint secretary, Misheck Matanhire, said stakeholders from the two countries (Zimbabwe and Zambia) held a consultative meeting in November to deliberate on the tolling arrangement.

“The stakeholders appreciated and endorsed the need to toll the bridge in order to fund bridge renewal activities (which would extend the life of the bridge) as well as routine repair and maintenance thereof and made wide ranging constructive suggestions on the impending tolling.

“Subsequent to the stakeholders meeting we are engaged in further consultations with our principals to ensure we comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements whereafter we will commence implementation.”

The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, although he never visited the falls and died before construction began. The bridge affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on the one side and through to the falls on the other.

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