Kenya’s SGR train service ferried 1.7m passengers in 2018

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A train launched to operate on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and financed by Chinese government arrives at the Nairobi Terminus on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway train service ferried 1.7 million passengers in 2018, the national statistics bureau said on Wednesday.

A train launched to operate on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and financed by Chinese government arrives at the Nairobi Terminus on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The figure is more than double the passengers the train service, dubbed Madaraka Express, carried from mid-2017, when it started, till the end of 2017, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said in a report.

“In 2017, the train transported 699,055 passengers between June and December, with the number rising to 1.67 million in 2018,” the report said.

Among the passengers, 186,718 were transported during the December peak season, when the train was fully booked. May recorded the least number of passengers at 116,171, according to the KNBS.

The train service, which takes about five hours one way between Nairobi and Mombasa.

Travel charges stand at Ksh1,000 (about $10) for the economy class and $30 for first class.

The Standard Gauge Railway freight service ferried 5.03 million tonnes of goods in 2018, bringing in a total revenue of US$863,177.

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