Cost of transporting cargo from the port of Mombasa to ease after the arrival of cargo train

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BY JOHN WERU/PSCU,1ST JAN 2018-The  cost of transporting cargo from the port of Mombasa to other  parts of the country is expected to reduce drastically after the arrival of the  first standard gauge railway cargo train  in Nairobi on Monday.

The train arrived  at the ultra-modern inland container depot which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta a fortnight ago.

The arrival of the cargo train is in line with President Kenyatta’s p

The cargo train carried 104 containers, which is almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

The  Kenya’s Ports Authority head of Inland Container Deports Symon Wahome says  the new commercial cargo train will revolutionize the transportation of cargo in Kenya.

“While the meter train used to carry twenty to thirty containers, the standard gauge train will carry 216 containers,” said Mr Wahome.

He said four trains will operate daily and later increased to eight cargo trains.

Speaking during the event  Kenya Railways Corporation  CEO Atanas Maina announced that passengers travelling on the Madaraka Express will have to book their tickets 30 days in advance following an adjustment on the previous 14 days advance ticket booking window.

Maina said the change is  expected to  stream the service, meeting the growing travel demands and improving the customer experience.

“Kenya Railways is committed to continuous identifying and instituting measures that will meet the demands of the ever increasing customer base on the service,” he said.


In his New Year message, President Kenyatta said the new commercial cargo train would cut costs and delays in trade for Kenyans and its neighbours.

The President said the delivery of a world-class railway on time and within budget, would attract world-class manufacturing and value-addition investments, which are critical to creating jobs and business opportunities.

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