MOMBASA, Kenya, Feb 14 – The first batch of wagons to ferry goods on the Standard Gauge Railway line arrived Monday at the Port of Mombasa ahead of operations in June this year.
Kenya Railway Corporation received 60 general cargo wagons imported from China with the next consignment of 150 flat wagons expected on February 20.
In statement, KRC Managing Director Atanas Maina said the 60 wagons are part of the 1,620 wagons which will be used for movement of cargo.
“Kenya Railways is very pleased that the rolling stock has started to arrive 106 days to the launch date which gives the corporation reasonable time to start testing and commissioning in readiness for trial operations as we bring on board the rail operator on 1st June 2017,” said Maina.
Kenya Railways has so far received eight freight haulage heavy duty locomotives for mainline use out of the total expected 43.
The locomotives that have been received include two shunting locomotives, two passenger locomotives and four freight locomotives.
A total of 32 passenger coaches have been imported already.
Maina said that the project is now in the final phase of construction and will soon be ready for operation.
He stated that the delivery of the locomotives and rolling stock is an important component for the SGR project implementation and that the Corporation is right on track.
“The wagons received today will play a vital role in enhancing transportation of bulk cargo in the country and will provide the kind of service that complements the existing demand.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the SGR operations on May 31, according to the Transport Ministry.
Maina said once the testing is completed they will go into the commercial services for customers to start using the trains.