Starting tomorrow Friday 17th December, Nairobi to Kisumu passenger train services will resume operations as announced by the Kenya Railways. The return train from Kisumu to Nairobi is set for Sunday 19th from 6am featuring a revamped railway system on major sections of the route and upgraded train services including free WiFi.
According to Kenya Railways MD, Philip Mainga, “commuters travelling from Nairobi to Kisumu will pay Sh600 fare on second class coaches and Sh2,000 on first class for the 12-hour journey.”
The restart of the Nairobi-Kisumu train service will provide for seamless train service from Mombasa through connection to the standard gauge railway (SGR) in the capital. The first departure as from tomorrow is scheduled from 6am at the Nairobi Central Station, and arrive at Nakuru at 11:35am then leave for Kisumu.
Kenya dropped its plan to extend the SGR to Kisumu and later on to the Ugandan border after failing to secure a multibillion-shilling loan from China, which funded the first and second phases of the project. Kenya Railways plans to link the old railway track to the SGR line in Naivasha for seamless cargo movements to the neighboring countries.
The trains are being used to facilitate the revitalization process of the line from between Longonot to Kisumu and Malaba. The revitalization works are at an advanced stage and operations are set to commence later this year on the 217 kilometers long railway line. It boasts of 18 stations including Mau Summit, Njoro, Fort Ternan and Lela, 46 bridges and 27 viaducts.
Upon completion, the revitalized railway will play a transformational role. It will provide an efficient, cost-effective transport solution for passengers and general freight clients by facilitating access to markets, reducing the costs of production among others, enhance trade for the business community, create direct and indirect jobs, boost growth of industries, help reduce carbon emissions among many other benefits.