June 13, 2024
Kenya's Gov't Plans To Build Modern Railway To The Atlantic Ocean

Kenya’s Gov’t Plans To Build Modern Railway To The Atlantic Ocean

Kipchumba Murkomen, Transport Cabinet Secretary, announced on Friday that the government plans to build a modern railway line connecting Kenya’s coast to the Atlantic Ocean.

The CS, who spoke during the unveiling of the Kenya Railway Strategic Plan (2023-2027), stated that building one of Africa’s longest railway lines was part of Kenya’s economic strategy.

Murkomen, who reaffirmed his commitment to making the ambitious goal a reality, stated that the trackway would boost trade between Kenya and other countries worldwide.

According to the CS, the railway connecting Kenya’s coast to the Atlantic would pass through numerous nations, notably the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and conclude on the coast of Cameroon.

“I believe that Africa can be better connected if we are going to make sure we build the necessary infrastructure that will enable our people to connect and also grow their businesses,” the Transport Minister stated.

“The railway line transport has gained increased significance as an enabler of Kenya’s national development agenda,” he added.

Murkomen expressed his commitment to leading the construction, stating that it will fulfill the predecessors’ wishes.

Kenya's Gov't Plans To Build Modern Railway To The Atlantic Ocean
Kipchumba Murkomen, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary For Transport

“If followed through and implemented to the latter, the objectives set in this plan will enhance operational efficiency, and contribute to national economic growth,” Murkomen remarked.

The CS, who praised the Kenya Railways Service for its tireless efforts to change the country’s transportation system, highlighted that the government has announced plans to expand the local rail transit system.

Murkomen believes that the ambitious strategy plan will assist update the Madaraka Express rail transit, the Nairobi Commuter rail, and the metered gauge railway passenger and freight services.

“The agenda includes developing and upgrading the railway infrastructure, increasing feign and passenger transport, and expanding the port of Mombasa market share which is a joint operation with Kenya Ports Authority,” the CS announced.

“It will also help in building a skillful workforce within Kenya Railways and instituting environmental, social, and governance structures.”

Kenya’s Gov’t Plans To Build Modern Railway To The Atlantic Ocean

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