NAIROBI, The first commercial cargo train from Kenya's main port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean has arrived in Nairobi's ultra-modern inland container depot which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta a fortnight ago.

The arrival of the cargo train is in line with the government policy of reducing costs of doing business in the country. In his New Year message, President Kenyatta said the new commercial cargo train service would reduce costs and delays in trade for Kenyans and neighbouring countries.

The President said the delivery of a world-class railway on time and within budget, would attract world-class manufacturing and value-addition investments, which are critical to creating jobs and business opportunities. The cargo train carried 104 containers, which is almost equivalent to the payload of all the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

According to the Kenya's Ports Authority head of Inland Container Depots, Symon Wahome, the new commercial cargo train service will revolutionize the transportation of cargo in Kenya. While the (old) metre-gauge trains used to haul 20 to 30 containers, the Standard Gauge Railway will deliver 216 containers, said Wahome.

He said currently there would be four trains operating daily on the 485-kilometre run but in time eight cargo trains are expected to operate to and from Mombasa daily.


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