The Railway Master Plan in Kenya & The Region
The Governments of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan are committed to providing high capacity, cost effective railway transport within the Northern corridor.
This will be achieved through the construction of a high capacity, high speed Standard Gauge Railway for passenger and freight transportation. The Governments of the four countries have signed and ratified a Protocol for the development of an SGR connecting the port of Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.
Each country will develop the section of the railway line within its borders. Kenya is therefore developing the Mombasa –Malaba section of the entire proposed network to Kigali through Uganda. The Mombasa – Malaba section is being developed in two phases:
Phase 1 Mombasa – Nairobi: The Mombasa to Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway line was commissioned by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta who took a day long Inaugural ride aboard the Madaraka Express train from Mombasa Terminus in Miritini to the Nairobi Terminus on May 31, 2017 having commissioned the Freight Service on May 30, 2017.
Phase 2 (Nairobi –Malaba) : has been divided into three subphases as follows:
- Phase 2A – Nairobi –Naivasha
- Phase 2B –Naivasha – Kisumu including the development of a new high capacity port at Kisumu
- Phase 2C – Kisumu –Malaba The railway line will have a uniform design specification which will permit seamless operation across the borders of the four countries and in turn reduce transportation and production costs.