FIRST BATCH OF WAGONS ARRIVE FOR KENYA’S NEW STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY

The first batch of 60 freight wagons to be used on Kenya’s almost-ready Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project has arrived at the Port of Mombasa and will be used to move cargoes between the port here and the capital, Nairobi.

The wagons, each with a capacity of 70 tons, are part of the 1,620 wagons which have been ordered for use on the SGR linking Kenya’s two largest cities.

Kenya Railways says the SGR project is in its final phase of construction and will soon be ready for operations. Kenya is set to seal its place as the regional transport hub with the launch of the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project.

Already, 12 locomotives have arrived in the country. Of these, two are for passenger services, four for cargo and eight of the locomotives are for freight.

Experts say the trains will move at least 4,000 tons of cargo per trip, boosting the transportation of cargo from the Port of Mombasa to Nairobi as well decongest part of the country’s northern transport corridor.

The high sided open type wagons have a capacity to carry 70 tons which can be loaded at the top and offloaded on the sides, simplifying workload and reducing labour.

Another consignment of 150 flat wagons for containers is expected to arrive here next week.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK