Kenya increases number of cargo trains in Mombasa-Nairobi route to seven.
The daily number of standard gauge railway (SGR) cargo trains on the Mombasa-Nairobi route will to increase to seven (7) daily by Friday. This will in turn increase competition with road transporters.
Previously, only six (6) trains carrying 654 containers were leaving Mombasa daily to the inland container depot in Nairobi. But by tomorrow there will be seven (7) trains conveying 752 containers. Everyday about 1,300 containers arrive at the port.
One cargo train have the capacity to remove 150 trucks from the road. However, about 3000 trucks still ferry cargo on the Mombasa-Nairobi route daily.
Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said that only goods destined for Nairobi were being ferried. Also 1,000 cargo tracking devices help to speed up cargo offloading and there is need to increase this equipment to 3,000.
The devices are a fixed on containers and have to be returned to Mombasa after goods reach Nairobi. The tracking enable monitoring of the goods through computers or mobile phones.