The Kenya railway has revealed plans to be transporting all cargo from Mombasa to Malaba by rail. According to KR, the move is intended to boost the economic growth through reduction of costs associated with road transport and also help in minimizing road accidents believed to be caused by trailers.
Under this plan, cargo will be moved from Mombasa to the Inland Depot in Mai Mahiu after which it will be transport along Mai Mahiu- Longonot railway to Malaba.
The move has however not settled well with the many transport stakeholders. Chairman of truck drivers’ association expressed dissatisfaction over the idea by KR cautioning that the will be a lot of jobs lost and collapse of businesses along the busy Mombasa highway.
Samson has explained that the towns’ rely mainly on road users adding that many sources of livelihood would be affected
“This will mean job losses for tens of truck drivers, mechanics and also insurance companies that offer insurance to cargo and trucks,” he said.
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