Construction of Nairobi-Malaba railway line set to begin
26 November 2013, 17:53
Nairobi - The ground-breaking ceremony for the standard gauge railway
track that runs from Nairobi to the border town of Malaba has been set for
later this week.
Officials from the Vision 2030 initiative confirmed the
“As the Vision Delivery Secretariat, we are glad that
this project is now taking off as it provides the country with enormous
economic development benefits once completed,” Wainaina Gituro, the Acting
Director General of the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, said in a statement.
The construction of the modern rail route is expected to
lower commodity prices through more efficient transportation system and help
accelerate the country’s economic growth through the development of areas where
stations would be located.
Kenya Railways Corporation will implement the standard
gauge railway project, which is expected to be operational in 2016.
Upon completion, it will run freight trains with 54
double stack flat wagons carrying 216 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per
China’s Exim Bank is funding 85 percent of the project
through a loan while the rest of the funds will be provided by the Kenya
Already, Sh220 billion ( US$ 2,5 billion) has been set
aside to lay the track, set up train stations and lay feeder roads around the
railway line while another Sh120 billion (US$ 1,37 billion) is reserved for the
acquisition of locomotives, wagons and coaches.
The new rail system will accommodate both passenger and
cargo trains which will run at speeds which are three times faster than the
– CAJ News