President Uhuru Kenyatta launches SGR operations to Naivasha

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It is all systems go for the the Naivasha Standard Gauge Railways operations as President Uhuru Kenyatta today launches freight services to Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD).

The freight services is on the recently launched Nairobi-Suswa Standard Gauge Railway Line. The Sh150 billion line cuts across Nairobi, Kajiado, Narok and Nakuru Counties.

The line has four passenger stations namely; Ongata Rongai, Ngong, Mai Mahiu and Suswa and one inter-change station at Nachu station.

With the official launch of the freight services, it now means that cargo can now be ferried all the way from Mombasa to Naivasha SGR terminus.

The project is expected to ease transportation of cargo from the port of Mombasa to neighboring countries such as Rwanda and Uganda. It will eliminate the cost linked to delays at the Mombasa Port and spur economic growth within the corridor.

The launch of the freight services comes ahead of the full completion of the Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD), a project which sits on a 1,000-acre piece of land in Kedong ranch. Some of its features include a railway marshalling yard, logistics zone and public utility area.

President Uhuru said the government is committed to improving infrastructure across the country to make Kenya preferred destination for investors.

He said works on the restoration of Section 2B of the old railway line to Malaba is on course.

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