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Kenya Railways Corporation to restart commercial passenger service on the Nairobi-Nanyuki line beginning Friday



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Kenya Railways Corporation will from this Friday restart commercial passenger service on the Nairobi-Nanyuki line after more than two decades. 

Commuters travelling from Nairobi to Nanyuki will pay Sh200 fare on second class coaches and between Sh50 and Sh100 for inter-terminus trips that will serve Murang’a, Makuyu, Maragua, Sagana, Karatina, Kiganjo, Chaka and Naromoru stations.

Cargo operations on the rehabilitated 240-kilometre Nairobi-Nanyuki started in August and targets goods like fuel, fertilizers, hardware, cereals and other farm produce. Kenya Railways is also targeting business people and leisure travelers.

Rehabilitation of the meter gauge railway stretch is expected to increase economic activities in northern and Mt Kenya regions. The passenger service will initially operate on Fridays and Sundays, and the rail firm will increase frequencies depending on demand.

The train with a capacity of up to 1,600 passengers on a single trip will depart from Nairobi at 8am to arrive in Nanyuki at 2pm. It will leave Nanyuki on Sunday at 8am to arrive in the capital city at 2pm.

The railway line was constructed by the colonial government in 1908 to facilitate commercial farming by the white settlers who had pitched tent in Laikipia.

The revival of the line that was lastly used in the late 1990s means that produce like coffee and tea destined for sea export will be transported to the Port of Mombasa directly by railway.

From the Nairobi-Nanyuki metre-gauge line, the cargo will be transferred to the modern standard gauge rail (SGR) line that links the city to the Mombasa port.

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