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Kenya Railways Gives Update on Resumption of Service To Western, Kampala

Rail service to the Western region and neighboring countries will resume in November 2021, according to the Kenya Railways Corporation.

Traders will now be able to carry freight from Mombasa Port to Nairobi, Kisumu, and Bungoma, according to Kenya Railways' Managing Director, Philip Mainga.

The newly renovated Ksh3 billion Kisumu port will be connected to the enhanced railway line. Traders will be able to ship goods to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of this.

"One of the fascinating aspects is that at Naivasha, we will have an interface between the Standard Gauge and the Metre Gauge Railway," he said.

"Within the next two months, this will allow seamless goods transportation from Mombasa to the East African region without having to transfer it by road."

The contractor is putting the finishing touches on the project, which is now 80 percent complete, according to Mainga.

He also confirmed that Kenya Railways intends to launch two direct cargo trains, one from Mombasa to Nairobi and the other from Nakuru to Kisumu.

The journey will take about 30 hours, according to the KR Managing Director.

The second train will go from Mombasa to Kampala in 28 hours.

"Now it's up to business folks to decide whether to employ a cargo train or road trailers," he said.

Initially, in August 2020, the government began renovating the ancient railway route from Nakuru to Kisumu in order to improve trade with Uganda via Lake Victoria.

The return of rail travel will help Kenya and its neighbors trade more effectively.

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