The project involves the development of a modern high speed, high capacity standard gauge railway for passengers and freight within the Northern Corridor, with speeds of; freight trains = 80 Kph and passenger trains = 120 kph. This project is expected to transfer freight from roads to rail reducing rapid roads damage, provide safe and rapid intercity passenger transport.
An overview of this project is given in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure as having commenced. The location of the project is said to be nationwide covering the infrastructure
The project progress monitoring was initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he officially commissioned Kenya’s first standard gauge railway in Mombasa on November 28th 2013.
Kenyans are set to enjoy considerable cost savings in the next three to five years, once the construction of a standard gauge railway - one of the most important vision 2030 projects is completed.
The scheduled construction of the Sh1.2 trillion standard gauge railway projects will herald a major economic transformation arising from an expected slashing of commodity prices.
The new railway line, which is part of Vision 2030 Flagship project to be implemented by the Kenya Railways Corporation, will typically present an opportunity for the railways operator to run freight trains with 54 double stack flat wagons carrying 216 TEUs per trip.
The objective of the new multi-billion Mombasa-Nairobi railway will stretch from the port city of Mombasa all the way to Kigali in Rwanda and Juba in South Sudan.
The standard gauge railway is the largest project to be undertaken in the country in 50 years.