By Christine Lagat and Lu
Duobao NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s ministry of transport on Wednesday launched new
inter-county train service of the Standard Gauge Railway
(SGR) with the hope of further boosting business and
tourism along the new railway.
Macharia, Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Transport,
Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, presided
over the launch of the inter-county train service that
will make stops in seven stations between the Kenyan
capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.
said the launch of an inter-county SGR passenger train
service marked a significant milestone in Kenya’s quest
to become a transport and logistics hub.
He noted the
second component of SGR passenger train service will
boost inter-connectivity in Kenya’s hinterland,
stimulate investments and revitalize domestic tourism.
of the inter-county train service on the Nairobi-Mombasa
line came as demands run high for efficient and fast
noted that demand for the passenger train service dubbed
Madaraka Express has been on the rise since it was
launched by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 31.
Madaraka Express has ferried over 350,000 people since
its launch five months ago,” Macharia remarked, adding
that online booking, enhanced security and construction
of access roads will encourage many Kenyans to use the
ceremony was also attended by Chinese Ambassador to
Kenya Liu Xianfa and senior executives from China Road
and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).
Liu said the Nairobi-Mombasa railway dovetails with
Beijing’s quest to promote economic progress in the East
African Nation as outlined in the Belt and Road
very beginning, the SGR has been endowed with a
significant role in facilitating the development of
Kenya and realization of 2030 vision,” said Liu.
vice president of CRBC, said the launch of an
inter-county passenger train service will inject fresh
vitality in Kenya’s transport sector and boost economic
successful launch of the inter-county passenger train
will not only provide more choices for passengers in
terms of time and destinations, but also reinforce the
population and commodities circulation along the railway
as a key driver for Kenyan economy,” said Li.