The government of Kenya has revived rehabilitation works on the old Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line. The revival is part of plan to accelerate implementation of development projects in the region.
The first section, which is undergoing rehabilitation, starts from Nairobi-Ruiru-Thika- Makuyu-Murang’a-Sagana-Karatina- Nyeri-Naro Moru-Nanyuki.
The second section starts from Nairobi-Limuru-Kijabe-Longonot-Gilgil-Ol Kalou- Nyandarua. The 240 km line, estimated to cost USD 30 million, is expected to be completed in five months and rehabilitation will be done in three segments.
The sections include Nanyuki-Marua, Marua-Sagana and Sagana-Thika with clearance of bushes along the line being undertaken simultaneously in the three areas touching Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Kiambu counties.
Works are being undertaken by the Kenya Railways Corporation which has already injected USD 10 million, while the remaining will be provided by the National government.
Additionally, there are plans to stretch the line extended to Isiolo to link up the region to the Lamu Port and Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET).
There will also emerge new modern produce markets along the corridor where farmers can trade their commodities with assured cheap transport.