The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway built and operated by
China Road and Bridge Cooperation (CRBC), a subsidiary of China
Communications Construction Company (CCCC), on Thursday marked its first
passenger service anniversary since its launch in May 31, 2017.
Also known as Madaraka Express, the railway line has transported more
than 1.3 million passengers, with the demand increasing daily.
The service's uptake is largely attributed to the numerous benefits
it holds over alternative modes of transport such as comfort of the
coaches and the reduced travel time between the port city and Nairobi
which averages 5.5 hours.
In his speech read by Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina
during a celebratory event held at Nairobi Terminals, James Macharia,
the cabinet secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing
and Urban Development, hailed the one year operations as having
surpassed expectations with the future looking brighter.
"The service has presented new opportunities for Kenyans by creating
jobs and technology transfer while helping in navigating transport
challenges which had partly hindered Kenya from fully realizing its
domestic potential," he said.
Macharia said the service has positively impacted the tourism industry by encouraging growth of domestic tourism.