The 120 km Standard Gauge Railway Phase 2A from Nairobi to Naivasha, is the first of the three segments that make up the second phase of the SGR construction that is expected to terminate at Malaba. With China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) left with twenty percent, before they finish the project, here are ten facts you didn’t know about the new line:
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase 2A will run from Nairobi South railway station to Duka Moja, Narok.
Phase 2A of the SGR passes through five counties, which include Nairobi, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kiambu and Narok. The project promises to accelerate the growth of towns and urban centres along the way.
There will be an intermediate passing station at Nachu in Kikuyu.
There will be four passenger stations at Ongata Rongai, Ngong, Mai Mahiu and Suswa.
The high bridges and lengthy tunnels will make the 120-kilometre journey one of the most fascinating worldwide.
The complex terrain along the Nairobi – Naivasha section will be connected through 9 super long bridges covering a total of 23.96 kilometres. The bridges will offer travelers magnificent views of the magical scenery of the Nairobi National Park and the world-famous Great Rift-valley. The tallest bridge – Mulua Orkondi in Duka Moja – Narok, rises to 46m high.
The six-kilometer bridge across the Nairobi National Park is already complete and promises to offer SGR passengers great views of the wild animals there during the journey to Naivasha.
To get through cliffs in the Great Rift Valley, experts from China Communication Construction Company have drilled three tunnels, covering about 8km. The first tunnel, covering 4.5km, is at Em-Bulbul in Kajiado. It is the second-longest railway tunnel in Africa.
The Madaraka Express is expected to reduce the distance between the Nairobi South railway and Suswa stations, much faster than using a motor vehicle on the dangerously foggy and accident-prone Nairobi-Naivasha highway.
The 6.7 kilometre super bridge across the Nairobi National Park has been built with noise deflectors to help reduce noise from the trains. The bridge’s foundations have also been dug deep enough to avert vibrations, and its colour was chosen to blend with the environment, so as not to affect the wildlife in the park.
*This article was first published in UpscaleAfrica Media