Holding fast to this vision to be the leading driver of Kenya’s
economic and social development, the operator will facilitate
cargo freight transported on the basis of good passenger service
and safety operation, it added.
Phillip Mainga, acting managing director of state-owned Kenya
Railways Corporation said in a commentary published in the
Sunday Standard that greater efficiency at the port of Mombasa
and the streamlining of cargo clearance operations at the Inland
Container Depot have greatly helped in driving uptake and
positioning the SGR freight service as a commercially plausible
"With the leadership we have provided as the sector regulator
and what we have achieved so far, we believe that the SGR is
poised to return the investment Kenya has put in it in the long
run, as it becomes entrenched as an integral part of our
country’s and the region’s overall transport infrastructure
through the seamless connectivity leveraged by the revamping of
the meter-gauge railway," Mainga said.
"Today the SGR line operates an average of eight cargo trains
daily, but this is elastic and sometimes goes as high as 14
depending on the quantum of cargo arriving at the port.
Conventional and containerized cargo topped the uptake charts,
the line achieving its founding objective of supporting the
country’s nascent industrial and agro-processing sectors," said
Chinese standard gauge
railway service operator hiring more Kenyans
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Chinese firm running the standard gauge
railway (SGR) in Kenya is seeking to hire more Kenyans as it
expands its local employees’ base.
Africa Star Railway Operation Company Ltd. is hiring train
crew, passenger stewards, cargo and track and bridge maintenance
workers, among others, the firm said in a notice on Saturday.
Some of the jobs are available along the Nairobi-Mombasa
route, which is popular with domestic tourists.
Others are on the ongoing extension from Nairobi to Naivasha,
in particular at Suswa, Ngong and Mai Mahiu.
"Priority will be given to candidates residing in areas
mentioned," said the firm, which operates both passenger and
freight services and maintains the high-speed railway line.
Cargo freight on SGR surged 156 percent in the first half of
the year, with the service ferrying 197,000 twenty-foot
equivalent unit containers, up from 77,020 in the same period in
This was due to more importers from Uganda, Rwanda, South
Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo using the service as
they ferry goods from the Kenyan port in Mombasa, according to
Dai Yunjie, spokesman for Africa Star.
Similarly, the number of passengers using the train rose to
764,000 in the first half of the year.