30-05-2017 by redazione
The great day of the official inauguration of the new Mombasa-Nairobi railway line has arrived.
Tomorrow, with the inaugural voyage of President Uhuru Kenyatta from Nairobi to Kenya's second largest city and the first seaport, will kick off the fast track that had been promised eight years ago and was made by the Chinese in record time for Kenya, Five years of work.
As of June 1, as announced by the Managing Director of SGR Kenya, Atanas Maina, a daily round trip between the two cities will be conducted.
The duration of the entire race is five hours, averaging three less than a bus and without any possible traffic or accident delays.
The program will remain at least until the end of the year, although Maina has already announced that in case of more requests the line is ready to support another convoy.
Each train will have a maximum capacity of 1200 people and according to the Kenyan government it will greatly ease the transportation of commuter roads and travelers between the two cities. Passenger fares will be announced tomorrow at the inauguration and tickets will be available from Thursday, June 1st.
Since January 2018, however, the introduction of freight trains, which can carry containers directly to the port of Mombasa, and thereby decongestion the traffic that has now become unsustainable, of Tirs going to the north of the country or Uganda And South Sudan.
The cargo launch inauguration will take place even tomorrow, when the President will officially unveil the "freight" convoy.
President Kenyatta's inaugural journey will be "guided" by three female coaches, this is an absolute novelty for the country.
The coaches Concilia, Wendy and Caroline have followed a long training with an experienced Chinese driver and have already successfully completed a test drive.
Along the Nairobi-Mombasa section there are seven stops at the same stations: Mtito Andei, Emali, Kibwezi, Athi River, Miaseni, Mariakani and You.
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