NAIROBI Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway, originally planned to connect the Indian Ocean port city of Mombabsa to the capital, Nairobi, will now be extended to Kisumu and Malaba in western Kenya under second phase of the project.

The Cabinet has approved the extension of the railway line, which is to be financed under the Government-to-Government arrangement and involving the Kenya Railways Corporation and China Communications Construction, which are expected to sign the commercial contract.

At its meeting here Wednesday, the Cabinet also approved the modernization of the Embakasi inland container terminal and development of access roads to the depot in readiness for the completion of the Nairobi-Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway line.

Under the extenion project, the existing metre-gauge railway line between Naivasha and Nakuru, through Eldoret and Webuye to Malaba will be refurbished and modernized, including all branches of the railway network in the country.

The Cabinet also adopted phase one of the Road Annuity Programme to develop 435 kilometres of roads in various parts of the country, to be financed through a Public-Private Partnership basis to bridge the road infrastructure funding gap

Source: KBC