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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 development.

“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 trip.

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 Government.

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 current trains.

– CAJ News


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