President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned the revitalized 217km Nakuru-Kisumu Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) and the 465km Longonot-Malaba segment as well as the refurbished Nakuru Railway Station in a seamless train service that will fully link the standard gauge railway (SGR) line to the refurbished MGR track.
Kenya Railways Corporation resumed operations on the Nakuru-Kisumu route following a successful rehabilitation of a section of the MGR. Major rehabilitation works along the 216 km stretch have been completed.
The refurbishment of the more than a 100 years old track which has not been utilized for the last two decades, comes after the Kenyan government dropped its plan to extend the standard gauge railway (SGR) to Kisumu and later on to the Ugandan border, following the East African country failure to secure a multi-billion shilling loan from China, which funded the first and second phases of the project.
The ultimate 216km Nakuru to Kisumu railway line, whose funds will come from internal resources, will connect to the recently refurbished Kisumu port to enable ferrying of passengers and goods such as fertilizer, cement, rice, edible oil, and spare parts, etc. to the neighboring Republic’s of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo on ships via Lake Victoria: a crucial transport corridor in the shipment of general cargo into and out of the East African region.
According to Kenya Railways, Kisumu Safari train makes the trip from Nairobi every Friday with stopovers in Naivasha, Nakuru, Njoro, Molo, Elburgon, Fort Ternan, Londiani, Muhoroni, Miwani, Chemelil, Kibigori and Kibos stations to drop and pick passengers. The train departs at 1830hrs and arrives in Kisumu at 0630 hrs.
The return trip is set for every Sunday with the train departing the New Kisumu Railway station at 1830 hrs to arrive in Nairobi at 0635 hrs. A First class ticket to Kisumu costs Ksh. 2,000 and an Economy class ticket costs Ksh. 600.