The pace of construction of the Mombasa to Malaba’s second section is encouraging. Construction works on Phase 2A which will see the Standard Gauge Railway line extended to Naivasha from Nairobi are at an advanced stage.
According to Kenya Railways Managing Director, major progress has been made on every component of the construction process. He was speaking during the commencement of the track laying process at the projects section 1.
“In a repeat of what was witnessed with the Mombasa to Nairobi construction phase, we are set to complete construction of the Nairobi to Naivasha section ahead of schedule. Construction is at 49 per cent cumulatively and I must say that every facet of construction from site clearance, top soil stripping to earthworks and protection of the line have been attended to satisfactorily,” he said.
The erection of the t-beams and subsequent laying of the rail sleepers will be done from both ends of the line, with section office number 7 handling this from Nairobi towards Naivasha, while section office number 6 will be in-charge from Naivasha towards Nairobi. Section office number 7 have already pre-fabricated 389 spans of T-beams, with each span made of two symmetrical sections and 80,000 rail sleepers to cover a 39km stretch. Construction of the railway stations is already underway at Ongata Rongai, Ngong and Suswa.
The 120km line is the first of the 3 segments that make up the second phase of the SGR construction that is expected to terminate at Malaba. Phase 2A to Naivasha will pass through the five counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru and Narok.The scope of works for the Nairobi to Naivasha section of the project includes construction of a Standard Gauge Railway from Nairobi to Naivasha, Kenya (Civil Works); and Supply and installation of the facilities, for the Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway Project.
In another development, the Madaraka Express Freight Service operations are also on course with the service now offering 6 freight trains a day. The service which has performed remarkably over the past six months has transported over 800,000 metric tones with the bulk of the cargo being transported from Mombasa to Nairobi.
Mr. Maina further disclosed that the Madaraka Express Freight Service will experience an increase in volumes once the Port relief line which is currently under construction is completed. The Port Relief line will enable the freight trains to access berth number1. This according to Mr. Maina will give the Freight Service a competitive edge by enabling the service transport bulk cargo.
“We expect to complete construction of the Port Relief line by September 2018. This will enhance our operations and allow us to also transport bulk cargo since the trains will be loaded at Berth number 1. This will increase the volume of cargo we transport and enhance our operations on the service,” he concluded.
Kenya Railways will on Friday June 22, 2018 host President Uhuru Kenyatta who will inspect the progress of construction on the project. President Uhuru Kenyatta undertakes periodic inspection tours of the project to review the process and progress of construction