NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – China Roads and Bridges Corporation has raised concerns over an alarming rate of livestock accidents with the Standard Gauge Railway trains.
CRBC has told Capital FM Business that there have been more than 140 accidents along the railway line involving cows and trespasses including breach of the perimeter fence.
The Head of Public Relations Sia Li says villagers in the area are breaking into the protecting fence to graze his cows along the tracks of the railway.
“This is dangerous as it could cause a huge accident that could affect the railway line. We are urging Kenyans living along the corridor to desist from grazing their livestock on the corridor,” Sia said.
She says most of the herders break the barrier that restricts access to the railway line.
Kenya launched its first high-speed railway in June, a rail link connecting Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa, that cost about Sh327 billion.
The railway has been designed for environmental compatibility particularly within the national parks where fencing is provided throughout the corridor along with under passages for wild animals.
The railway on construction was developed for freight and passenger traffic with freight train will having the capacity of 216 twenty feet equivalent units (TEUs traveling at an average speed of 80 kilometers per hour and they will be operated on the basis of speed, safety, and cost-effectiveness.
Each passenger train has a capacity of 1200 passengers and travels at the average speed of 120 kilometers per hour.