June 24, 2024
Massive Changes as Kenya Railways Aims For Excellent Service Delivery On SGR

Massive Changes as Kenya Railways Aims For Excellent Service Delivery On SGR

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) said that it is implementing seven modifications to boost passenger and cargo services.

In a statement released as part of its 2023-2027 strategic plan, the company revealed that it was in the process of hiring more coaches and providing premium services for top-tier clientele.

The new coaches will initially be acquired to serve the Nairobi-Suswa route.

KRC also stated that various upgrades are in the works to improve the passenger experience, including the construction of the Riruta-Ngong MGR commuter line and the installation of a new connection line from Miritini SGR Terminus to Mombasa CBD.

The company also stated that various other measures were in place to ensure that freight delivery was flawless.

For example, the organization was in the process of rebuilding the Mariakani and Athi River Freight Yards, as well as repairing lines at the Port Reitz SGR marshalling yard.

At the start of the year, the company began acquiring 480 new wagons to improve transportation and restore the Longonot-Malaba MGR line.

Massive Changes as Kenya Railways Aims For Excellent Service Delivery On SGR
A collage of inside and outside an SGR Train

“These initiatives signify Kenya Railways’ commitment to providing efficient and reliable transportation services, driving progress and connectivity across the nation,” a statement from Kenya Railways stated in part.

The premium service is expected to be superior to the economy and business services already running on the Standard Gauge Railway.

In March of this year, Kenya Railways Managing Director Phillip Mainga said that 20 more coaches would be added to the trains to satisfy rising demand.

“We will soon receive 20 coaches comprising of 4 business class, 3 first class, 12 economy coaches and 1 power car designed for operations on the SGR line. 

“These additional coaches will support the high demand for Madaraka Express Passenger Services,” Mainga stated at the time.

Previously, it was claimed that the country was set to receive 300 carriages from China in February 2024 for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The number was later increased to 480.

“For Kenya to remain competitive, we must continue to improve our transportation infrastructure,” Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen said after receiving the first 50 batches.

Massive Changes as Kenya Railways Aims For Excellent Service Delivery On SGR

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