Plans are underway for the expansion of the Nairobi city rail system with the latest step being the opening of the Syokimau railway station. Kenya Railway Corporation, the government body in charge of the railway transport system in Kenya is to construct a high capacity Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network in Kenya with connections to the East Africa region in conjunction with Rift Valley Railways.
This 431 billion Kenyan Shilling project is due for completion by year 2017.The project will supplement Kenya’s northern rail corridor with 120 kilometer per hour freight trains and 180 kilometer per hour passenger fleets. It aims to transfer freight and passengers from roads to rail, reducing road damage and providing safe and rapid intercity transportation.
The Syokimau development is expected to offload passenger traffic from, Mombasa Road that will decongest Uhuru Highway, provide alternative access to JKIA through a 5 minutes shuttle service.
Other than the Nairobi railway system, the country is also seeks to work on the Mombasa railway city development project. The railway line will link Kenya to Uganda through Nairobi, Malaba and Kisumu. Kenya Railways has 100 acres of prime land within the Island, ready for development.
The Project will entail development of 100 acres in central Mombasa to provide facilities a business park for light manufacturing/assembly, 3 hotels with conference facilities to accommodate 3,000 people, shopping arcades, malls and restaurants, entertainment park and parking silos and an international trade centre.
There is huge untapped demand for a development that integrates transport, hotels, leisure, conference, exhibition and commercial facilities in the country. Upon improvement of the transport sector, economic activity in the country is set to increase and improve drastically and also to the other regions.