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New hope for Mt Kenya as Nairobi-Nanyuki train returns

Until the late 1990s, most towns in Mt Kenya region that lay along the Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line were major economic centres.

However, the bubbling towns would fizzle out when railway services stopped and, to date, most never recovered.

Some of the towns lying on the 178-kilometre line are Nanyuki, Marua, Karatina, Chaka, Naro Moru, Sagana, Maragua, Makuyu, Thika and Ruiru.

A number of these towns have suffered low economic activity since the collapse of the railway, but the recent refurbishment of the line is expected to help them regain their lost glory, revitalise trade and boost the region’s economy.

The government recently pumped Sh3 billion for the refurbishment of the railway, which will serve eight counties- Laikipia, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Isiolo -- and will also connect the region to the Lamu Port South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor.

he counties had earlier committed themselves to contribute Sh100 million each towards the railway revival project.

The railway line is now expected to give a new lease of life to residents, businesses and farmers who are set to be the major beneficiaries of the inter-county project.

Leaders from the region, residents, farmers and traders have welcomed the successful rehabilitation and revival of the railway line, saying it will boost the local economy.

Content created and supplied by: Mary-Muguro (via Opera News )

Makuyu Mt Kenya Naro Moru Sagana Thika

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