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Kenya invests Sh4.5 bln to revive rail lines

The Kenyan government is set to invest Sh4.5 billion (€35 mln) to renovate older railway lines in a bid to improve transit of goods to the neighboring countries. The proposal by the Kenya Railways targets to revitalise the 217km Nakuru-Kisumu metre gauge railway (MGR), the 77.8km Gilgil-Nyahururu MGR branch line and the 69.05 Kisumu-Butere section which are currently ‘dilapidated, vandalised or overgrown with vegetation’.

Sh3 billion has been set aside for the Nakuru-Kisumu line, Sh537 million for Kisumu- Butere and Sh1 billion for Gilgil- Nyahururu branch line. The three lines will act as main trans-shipment points between the standard gauge railway and road for freight traffic destined for areas beyond Naivasha inland container depot.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) general manager operations and harbour master, William Rutto noted that the railway line will enable importers and exporters to handle their cargo from Kisumu instead of travelling all the way to Mombasa.

[ Sh100 = €0.78 ]


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