Mombasa-Nairobi 73km Railway Line Replaced


information pills geneva; font-size: small;”>In a statement released by Rift Valley Railways (RVR), information pills the operator of the Kenya-Uganda railway on Thursday morning, page this development is projected to improve reliability and speed up the delivery of cargo by rail from Mombasa.

According to RVR’s Executive Vice Chairman, Brown Ondego, the completion of this railway modernization project has reduced cargo delivery time between Mombasa and Nairobi by six hours.

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“This is through rebuilding the most badly rundown sections that were responsible for 60 per cent of blockage time on the railway line,” he said.

Ondego added: “RVR’s over Shs 51 billion investment in building this new stretch of railroad is a significant milestone since this railway line had been ailing for lack of investment for over a decade prior to the concession.”

He revealed that the upgrade is part of a larger railway track modernization programme that will see the rebuilding of over 360 kms of the most affected sections of the railroad in Kenya and Uganda.

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) is the Kenya-Uganda concessionaire operating freight rail services in Kenya and Uganda on an exclusive basis.

“The completion of this project under our continuing track upgrading programme will see us operating larger-capacity trains and, as a result, improve our loading capacity and reduce travel hours,” added Ondego.

The 10 month reconstruction project awarded contracts worth over Shs 13 billion to Kenyan contractors and suppliers and paid over Shs 873 million in wages to workers recruited from SMEs under a partnership programme with communities living along the railway line.

Steve Felder, Managing Director of Maersk shipping agency Commented on the faster cargo delivery by saying it will improve the safe and reliable transport of their customer’s cargo, adding, “It will create more demand for rail transport between Mombasa and Nairobi.”

Meanwhile, RVR is on course with significant investments to introduce innovations in operations and modernize infrastructure both in Kenya and Uganda.

“This is to ensure a dependable and well-functioning railway that can spur growth and regional economic integration throughout East Africa,” said Ondego.

He said improved reliability has been one of the immediate benefits and the number of incidents declined a full 20 per cent last month.

The concession company went through a shareholder restructuring in Q3 of 2010 and was given the mandate to operate railway services on 2,352 kilometers of track linking the port of Mombasa with the interiors of Kenya and Uganda, including Kampala.


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