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The Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya connects the large Indian Ocean city of Mombasa with Nairobi, the country’s capital and largest city. This SGR runs parallel to the narrow-gauge Uganda Railway that was completed in 1901 under British colonial rule. The East African Railway Master Plan provides for the Mombasa–Nairobi SGR to link with other SGRs being built in the East African Community.
At a cost of US$3.6 billion, the SGR is Kenya’s most expensive infrastructure project since independence. The prime contractor was the China Road and Bridge Corporation CRBC, which hired 25,000 Kenyans to work on the railway. CRBC’s holding company, China Communications Construction Company is contracted to operate the line for its first 5 years.
An extension from Nairobi to Naivasha was completed in October 2019 making the line’s length to 578.8km approx.
The first fare-paying passengers boarded the “Madaraka Express” on Madaraka Day (1 June 2017), the 54th anniversary of Kenya’s attainment of self-rule from Great Britain. Commercial freight services began on 1 January 2018. Passenger uptake has exceeded expectations, with the train carrying 2 million riders in the first 17 months of operation. By November 2018, the SGR was operating 30 freight trains and 4 passenger trains per day.