Rift Valley Railways ready to compete with SGR
07 December 2015, 07:57
Mombasa - Rift Valley Railways group managing director, Carlos De Andrade has said that they are ready to face-off with the standard gauge railway.
Speaking after receiving 120 wagons at the Mombasa Port to rehabilitate the capacity of transportation tons, Andrade said they are investing heavily on new wagons which are set to reduce the freight charges.
“So far, we have been limited in regards to the volume of the freight and are now deploying modern rail wagons that are purposely built for modern rail transport operations,” said Andrade.
The new wagons which are capable to transport 60 tons per trip from the current 40 tons will increase RVR operations by 50%.
RVR has a five year plan costing USD 287 million which was set aside in 2012 to rehabilitate the railway from Mombasa to Kampala in a bid to boost its efficiency.
Andrade revealed that the operation period from Mombasa has been reduced significantly from the 40 days to 17 days after the taking over of the RVR to manage the rail system.
“Moving from Mombasa to Kampala will probably be 4 days but if you put into consideration the time spent clearing the goods at the port of Mombasa and in Uganda, there might be delays which can be resolved,” said Andrade.
He revealed that the new locomotives will run with two head GE locomotives directly to Malaba for border clearance before proceeding to the RVR new ICD in Mukono terminal which is set to boost transit time.
He said the new rail will be much cheaper than road transport and will attract more customers.
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