NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – The Kenya Railways Corporation has announced charges for the Standard Gauge Railway Passenger Train service expected to be launched on Wednesday by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The passenger train services between Nairobi and Mombasa will cost Sh900 for economy class and Sh3000 for first class.
The passenger service named Madaraka Express will operate two types of train need the intercity Train and the County train.
The Intercity train is an express train between Nairobi and Mombasa and the County train will make stops at the intermediate stations at Mariakani, Voi, Emali, Kibwezi, Mtoto Andei and Athi River.
China Roads and Bridges Corporation Chairman Lu Shan assured of the service safety but raised concerns over the security concerns of the railway.
He says plans are underway to increase safety precautions on the railway going forward.
The Nairobi-Mombasa train has a capacity of 1,200 people with one round trip planned in the initial stage. More trips will be added subject to demand of the service.
The charges for containerized cargo from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi are set at Sh50,000 per TEU. Other freight will be charged at 0.07 per ton kilometer translating to Sh32,800. This will result in a 40 percent decline in the cost of cargo transport in comparison to the Sh80,000 to Sh90,000 cost of transporting goods by road between Mombasa and Nairobi.
In addition, the time taken to transport goods will reduce from the current 16 to 24 hours to a maximum of 8 hours.