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STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY PHASE ONE

  • FILE PHOTO: STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY, SOURCE:TWITTER.

    It is barely one year on since the SGR was opened for use on 31st May 2017 by the Kenyans by President Kenyatta after its completion. The SGR was built to replace the Kenya Uganda railway build by the colonial authorities in the colonial period in the 19th century.

    The SGR was commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2015. It was estimated to be completed at a cost of Ksh.320 billion and was to be funded by the Chinese government and the main contractor of the project was China Roads and Bridge Corperation. The Chinese company was to employ 25,000 kenyans during the construction process. SGR is the largest project ever completed in the republic of Kenya since Kenya attained independence after the Thika superhighway built during the Mwai Kibaki government.

    The standard gauge railway connects the port city of Mombasa with the country’s capital Nairobi city. It is approximately 480 kilometers long and was designed to pass through national parks without causing any inconveniences with the movement of world life animals in the parks. It has a design to control the terrain with some parts of the railway built on viaducts, embankments and cuttings to increase the speed of the railway.

    FILE PHOTO: STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY, SOURCE:TWITTER.

    The Standard Gauge Railway originates from Miritini island in Mombasa through Mariakani terminus, Miasenyi, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali, and finally ends in Athiriver in Machakos county, Syokimau Termini near Jomo Kenyatta International Arport.

    The Standard Gauge Railway was developed to help ease the cost of transport from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa. The SGR takes less than eight hours for a full journey from Mombasa to Nairobi as compared to the old meter gauge Kenya Uganda railways which took more than twelve hours for a journey from Mombasa to Nairobi.

    The plans to have the second phase of standard gauge railway build are underway which will extend the first phase to Naivasha. The final phase will be developed to connect the landlocked Uganda with port sea of Mombasa.