NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) express
train, which has been operational for a month now, has
transported approximately 75,000 passengers, officials said on
Managing Director Atanas Maina said the trained dubbed, Madaraka
Express, is currently operating with scheduled passenger trains
from Nairobi and Mombasa running on a daily basis.
“The huge numbers we
are seeing daily are a confirmation of the need Kenyans have for
an effective transport system. We are receiving a lot of
feedback, and have deployed teams to address customer care and
operational concerns that keep emerging,” Maina said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
“We anticipate that
by this slight extension, we shall address any impending issues,
and streamline all service areas to ensure a seamless experience
for all our passengers plying the nine key locations,” he added.
Two trains have been
operating daily from both directions offering a four and a half
hour non-stop connection between the two cities.
The 480-km railway
line between Mombasa and Nairobi is Kenya’s single largest
infrastructure project since independence.
It was constructed
at a cost of 3.6 billion U.S. dollars, co-financed through
commercial and semi-concessional loans from China and input by
the Kenyan government.
Maina said passenger
numbers on the service are surging daily and the operator has
increased the capacity of the train through introduction of
additional coaches on both the trains plying between Mombasa and
“The capacity of the
train has also been increased through the introduction of one
more coach each, so that each train is carrying approximately
1,500 passengers per train,” he said.
Maina said cargo operations have also commenced albeit on a
trial basis as the handover process is undertaken, in order to
be ready for the launch of freight operations later in the