Friday, May 21, 2010

Railway Cusco-Machu Picchu to be fully repaired by June 30

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12 May, 2010

by Isabel Guerra

Ferrocarril Transandino (Fetransa), railway concessionaire in Peru's south and east, issued a press release stating that their crews are working “intensively” to repair completely the damaged ways and restore the connection between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, aka Machu Picchu Pueblo as soon as possible.

After the reopening of the Piscacucho – Machu Picchu Pueblo, that took place on March 29, now the railway connection between Poroy and Ollantaytambo stations has been restored, too.

“At present, nine Fetransa teams are working between Chilca and Piscacucho, where there are four spots yet to repair, being the most difficult one at the kilometer 79. These works have been delayed because of the river surges, but it's been a month of intensive work,” states the company's press release.

The official statement concludes that if weather conditions keep on being favorable, works are expected to be completed by June 30, thus restoring completely the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

The railway had been severely damaged by last January's heavy floods, that destroyed several spots.



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