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Kenya-Uganda through trains revived

01 Jun 2004

Uganda Railways Corp and 150 by KRC.

KRC is relaying its line west of Nakuru with heavier rails, and work will be completed by mid-2005. KRC is also providing assistance to URC for refurbishing the track between Kampala and the border at Malaba. According to KRC's Ugandan representative Julius Chando, the heavier rails will avoid the need to divide the trains at Nakuru.

Meanwhile, Kenya Ports Authority is to buy 200 flat wagons for KRC to move containers between Mombasa and inland terminals at Kisumu and Nairobi, in order to reduce congestion at the port.

THIS MONTH is due to see the launch of direct block trains between Mombasa and Kampala, according to Ugandan Housing & Communications Minister John Nasasira. He said at the end of April that the trains will cover the 1338 km in 64h.

Kenya Railways Corp restarted services between Mombasa and Uganda last August, but these have been running irregularly due to a shortage of wagons and poor track. A task force has been formed to promote 'seamless' rail traffic, and Nasasira said a fleet of container wagons will be dedicated to the new service; 200 will be provided by Uganda Railways Corp and 150 by KRC.

KRC is relaying its line west of Nakuru with heavier rails, and work will be completed by mid-2005. KRC is also providing assistance to URC for refurbishing the track between Kampala and the border at Malaba. According to KRC's Ugandan representative Julius Chando, the heavier rails will avoid the need to divide the trains at Nakuru.

Meanwhile, Kenya Ports Authority is to buy 200 flat wagons for KRC to move containers between Mombasa and inland terminals at Kisumu and Nairobi, in order to reduce congestion at the port.