Government plans to extend SGR from Naivasha to Malaba

The government, through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, plans to extend the SGR standard gauge railway from Naivasha to Malaba and beyond.

Launching Kenya’s railway strategic plan 2023-27, Murkomen said the plan is improve the competitiveness of the Northern transportation corridor.

“The government is committed to expanding the standard gauge railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Malaba and beyond to improve the competitiveness of the Northern transport corridor,” Murkomen said.

The CS said the ministry will collaborate with various inter-state ministerial committees in the SGR Cluster to explore viable financing options.

“This collaboration will ensure that SGR extends from Malaba through Kasese in Uganda and finally Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, as a way to boost regional trade,” CS said.

“It is my pleasure to launch the Kenya Railways Strategic Plan 2023-2027 this morning in Mombasa. This comprehensive plan will guide the implementation of key priority initiatives in the rail transport sector over the next five years.”

Earlier this month, Kenya hosted a joint meeting on SGR in Mombasa attended by representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. The agenda was to find ways to extend SGRs beyond Naivasha to promote regional trade.

“As a country, when we talk about spending infrastructure, we should not think about ourselves, we should look at the competition every day and for the competitiveness of the northern corridor, we should complete the SGR from Naivasha to Malaba,” Murkomen said.

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