By Shem Oirere And Railwaytechnology.com

 

CONSTRUCTION of the $US 3.8bn 472km Mombasa – Nairobi standard-gauge railway (SGR)or passengers and cargo transportation between Mombasa, the largest port in East Africa, and Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.  is due to be completed in March by China Railway and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which has a 10-year concession to operate the line, to allow test running to begin in preparation for the start of train operation in June.

 

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 The new railway lines constitute the first phase of the SGR project that aims to connect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

The new railway lines constitute the first phase of the SGR project that aims to connect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

The Mombasa-Nairobi SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It will shorten the passenger travel time from Mombasa to Nairobi from more than ten hours to a little more than four hours. Freight trains will complete the journey in less than eight hours.

“Construction of the 609km-long line began in October 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.”

Construction of the 609km-long line began in October 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2017. At least 60 new jobs a kilometre of a track or approximately 30,000 jobs are expected to be created during the construction.

The Mombasa-Nairobi phase of the project is estimated to cost KES327bn ($3.8bn). China Exim Bank will provide 90% of the financing while the remaining 10% will be contributed by the Kenyan Government.