Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway set to boost regional trade

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One of the key components of the One Belt, One Road Initiative is due to open at the end of this month.

The Standard Gauge Railway will link East Africa’s busiest port, Mombasa to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.  In time, it will completely change transport systems in the region.

But the One Belt, One Road project has many more benefits for the continent, as CGTN’s Robert Nagila reports.

The railway is expected to shorten the passenger travel time from Mombasa to Nairobi from more than ten hours to a little more than four hours. Freight trains will complete the journey in less than eight hours.

The single-track standard gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi will have a route length of 472km and a total length of 609km. It will run through the counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and Nairobi.