The cargo train and passenger train services will be launched on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively -FILE
BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,30TH MAY 2017-The cost of transporting cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi is expected to go down drastically after The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo train officially start operations on Tuesday 30TH may 2017.
The new experience will also lead to reduction of time used to ferry goods from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa .UPESINEWS.CO.KE has also learned that the passenger train service will be launched on Wednesday.
According to China Roads and Bridges Corporation Chairman Lu Shan all is set for Tuesday’s launch as well as Wednesday passenger train service launch.
“This is a very significant project not only to the government of Kenya, but also to us. We delivered the project which is set to serve the Kenyan people,” he stated.
“Of course there were a lot of challenges and confronting different situations. We also had to maximize job creation for the Kenyan people and this was a priority,” he stated.
The railway is the country’s biggest infrastructure project since independence and a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of the August elections.
The train that will set off from Mombasa at 3.00 pm will be received in Nairobi between 12.00 am and 2.00 am, as the President prepares to also unveil the first passenger train Thursday morning.
The new Chinese-built route aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Port Reitz in Mombasa.