Kenya’s New Railway Line From Nairobi to Naivasha Opens for Passengers

Published on : Saturday, October 19, 2019

The second phase of Kenya’s new railway line, running from the capital Nairobi to Naivasha town, opened on Wednesday for passenger services only.

 

The 120km stretch has been built by the China Communications and Construction Company at a cost of 150 billion Kenyan shillings.

 

Passenger services will only be available in four of the 12 stations, The Business Daily newspaper quotes Kenya Railways head Philip Mainga as saying.

 

Cargo services will have to wait for the construction of a dry port, which could take longer than planned after the local Maasai community moved to court to oppose its construction.

 

The Standard Gauge Railway line project has cost close to three times the international standard and four times the original estimate. The government explained the reasons for the high cost include the terrain that required many bridges, tunnels and land compensation.

 

About 80% of the money for the railway came through loans from China.

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