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Author Topic: Kenya's new High Speed Railway - Nairobi to Mombasa  (Read 76 times)

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Kenya's new High Speed Railway - Nairobi to Mombasa
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:34:56 PM »
My eldest son is planning a trip to Kenya and I discovered the Chinese have built Kenya a new high speed line from Mombasa to Nairobi, coming up to it's second year anniversary in June. It looks very high tech but not without controversy about the costs, equivalent to 6% of Kenya's GDP! However, this is a big bet on the railways opening up the links to the port and in the future to link to other East African countries.

A fascinating read on CNN here https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/africa/kenya-nairobi-railway/index.html
and a Youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2D_sMg5XJs

Wiki says:
"The first fare-paying passengers boarded the "Madaraka Express" on Madaraka Day (1 June 2017), the 54th anniversary of Kenya's attainment of self-rule from Great Britain. Commercial freight services began on 1 January 2018. Passenger uptake has exceeded expectations, with the train carrying 2 million riders in the first 17 months of operation."
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mombasa%E2%80%93Nairobi_Standard_Gauge_Railway)

Which in my book is a big vote for the railways!

 

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