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Standard Gauge Railway could be in use by mid-2017

Published on September 15, 2015

The tracks for a new, faster railway linking the Mombasa to Kenya's capital Nairobi will be laid by the end of 2016 and will open for commercial traffic on target in June 2017, according to the Kenya Railways.

The Chinese-financed project is the first stage in a scheme that aims to extend to Uganda and other land-locked states. The goal is to cut the cost of transport and boost trade, by replacing a narrow-gauge line that has slower top speeds.

"We're ahead of schedule," Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina said in Nairobi. "There's government commitment, there's been a lot of push for land acquisition, there's been very heavy mobilization, and the funding has gone very well." Read more. Source | The Star