Kenya railway news

News about railway and urban rail infrastructure, operations, policy, projects and the supply industry in Kenya.


  • Nairobi suburban railway construction launch ceremony (Photo President's office)

    Nairobi suburban railway construction launched


    KENYA: President William Ruto has officially launched construction of the Riruta – Ngong commuter rail line, which is being built to relieve road congestion and lower transport costs in Nairobi. The metre-gauge line is being built by China Road & Bridge Corp under a contract awarded ...

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    Lake Victoria train ferry launched


    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the launch of the train ferry Uhuru II at Kisumu on Lake Victoria in early August. The 100 m long, 1 800 tonne ship with a capacity to carry up to 22 metre gauge wagons has been ...

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    Nairobi Central station designs completed


    KENYA: Final designs for a new Nairobi Central station have been completed by Atkins UK for Kenya Railways and the Ministry of Transport. In January 2020 President Uhuru Kenyatta asked for British support for the Nairobi Railway City & Central Station programme to expand and decongest ...

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    SGR operating contract to be terminated


    KENYA: The government has given notice that it intend to transfer control of operations on the country’s standard-gauge railway to Kenya Railway Corp from May 2022.

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    Kenyatta inaugurates Nairobi commuter DMU service


    KENYA: The five diesel multiple-units procured by Kenya Railways Corp to expand its Nairobi commuter operations were formally launched into service on November 10. The first train was flagged off at Nairobi Central Station by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was joined at the ...

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    Kenya: The lion stirs again


    With expansion of the Chinese-backed standard-gauge railway currently on hold, Kenya Railways Corp has turned its attention to revitalising key sections of its ageing metre-gauge network. Chris Jackson investigates.

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    Nairobi DMU deal signed


    KENYA: The much-delayed contract for Kenya Railways to purchase 11 second-hand DMUs from Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca to operate commuter services around Nairobi was formally signed by KR Managing Director Phillip Mainga during a visit to the Balearic island on March 2.

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    Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A


    KENYA: The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16. Running from the Nairobi SGR station at Embakasi to a temporary terminus at Suswa, 35 km southwest of Naivasha, the extension takes the 1 435 ...

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  • Organisations

    Ministry of Roads & Transport, Kenya

    The responsibilities of the Minister extend to all matters relating to rail, road, air and sea transport; meteorological services; civil aviation; posts and telecommunications; ports and shipping. The ministry operates under two state departments, with the State Department of Transport containing the Railways Division. AddressTranscom HousePO Box 52692-00200Ngong RoadNairobiKenyaPhone+254 020 ...

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    Kenya Railways Corp (KRC)

    The original line in Kenya opened from Mombasa to Kisumu on Lake Victoria in 1901. East African Railways & Harbours Administration was set up in 1948; it was divided into national railways for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in 1977. Rift Valley Railways won the concession to operate the Kampala-Mombasa metre-gauge ...

  • Kenya and Uganda’s transport ministers have announced that further phases of the ambitious standard gauge railway serving the two countries have been put on hold in favour of upgrades to the existing metre gauge network.

    Standard gauge plans on hold in Kenya


    KENYA: Little more than a year after the opening of the Chinese-built 1 435 mm gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, there are signs that East Africa’s love affair with China’s Belt & Road Initiative may be waning. On May 8, Kenya’s Transport & Infrastructure Minister James Macharia and ...

  • The first commercial freight train on the Standard Gauge Railway ran on January 1, carrying 104 containers from Mombasa to the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.

    Mombasa – Nairobi standard gauge freight service launched


    KENYA: The first commercial freight train on the Standard Gauge Railway ran from Mombasa to the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi on January 1. The 52-wagon train carried 104 TEU, which the operator pointed out was ‘almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa – Nairobi highway.’ ...

  • The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession has been agreed ‘by joint consent’.

    Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed


    KENYA: The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of the metre gauge Kenya – Uganda railway network has been agreed ‘by joint consent’ after the high court in Nairobi backed Kenya Railways’ attempts to end the contract. KR had sought to end the concession in ...

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between Mombasa and Nairobi.

    Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway opened


    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi on May 31, travelling on the inaugural Madaraka Express passenger service. The previous evening he had launched an inaugural freight train from Port Reitz in Mombasa, waving a giant ...

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    Nairobi moves ahead with transport plans


    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an executive order on February 9 creating the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority. Covering the counties of Nairobi City, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Murang’a, NMATA aims to formulate a ‘sustainable integrated public transport strategy’ based on bus rapid transit and commuter rail routes. It ...

  • The first rolling stock transfer on February 2 was flagged off from Mombasa by Kenya's Regional Commissioner, Coast, Nelson Marba.

    Kenya – Uganda construction timescale agreed


    AFRICA: Meeting in Nairobi on February 2, ministers from Kenya and Uganda agreed a ‘synchronised’ timescale for construction of the 1 435 mm gauge railway planned to link the two countries. Signed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matla Kasila, Kenya’s Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich and Transport & Urban Development Secretary James ...

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    Rift Valley Railways for sale


    AFRICA: Egypt-based energy and infrastructure group Qalaa has confirmed that ‘preliminary negotiations are ongoing’ with several prospective local and international buyers for its 73·76% stake in Kenya – Uganda railway concessionaire Rift Valley Railways. On January 5 Qalaa said no official offer had yet been made or any agreement reached. ...

  • CRRC Qishuyan is supplying 56 diesel locomotives for the 473 km Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.

    Kenyan standard gauge locomotives unveiled


    KENYA: The three types of 1 435 mm gauge diesel locomotives which CRRC Qishuyan is supplying for the 473 km Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway were unveiled at the factory in China on December 16. The company is supplying a total of 56 locomotives. There will be 43 DF8B ...

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    Kenyan President launches SGR Phase 2A construction


    KENYA: Construction works for the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway project were officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta with a ceremony at the Embulbul work site in Ngong Town on October 19. Phase 2A covers the 120 km Nairobi – Naivasha section of the 2 937 km MoKaKi ...