5-year operation of Kenya's Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway


5-year operation of Kenya's Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.

Since the opening of Kenya's Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway on May 31, 2017, CCCC has run the railway for five years. As a benchmark of the Belt and Road Initiative jointly built by China and Kenya, the railway has sped up modernization in Kenya over the past five years, and has contributed to the interconnection in East Africa and win-win cooperation between China and Africa, bringing great changes to the economic and social development of Kenya and East Africa at large.
Connecting Mombasa, the largest port in East Africa, and Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway is the first railroad established since Kenya's independence and is a modern railroad built with Chinese standards, Chinese technology and Chinese equipment. Safer, faster and more economical, the railway has not only significantly increased freight volume and reduced transportation costs, but also raised revenue and promoted the economic development of the whole country. Since its inauguration, the total number of passengers sent by the railway has reached 7.785 million, and the cargo volume has reached 1.773 million TEUs. At present, it runs 16 freight trains per day.
The railway has also brought tangible benefits to East African countries in terms of talent training and technology transfer. Under the training and guidance of Chinese experts, many young Kenyans have grown into qualified locomotive drivers.

Editor: CRBC