Kenya today is launching a brand new railway running from the capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.

Built with a loan from a Chinese bank, it is said to be the biggest infrastructure project since independence.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be one of the passengers on the inaugural four-and-a-half hour journey from Mombasa to Naiorbi.

The passenger train, called the Madaraka Express, can carry 1,260 passengers.

The train should be twice as fast as the road trip between the two cities.

The Mombasa to Kenya line is the first leg of a brand new train network planned to link up the East African region.


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SGR train named Madaraka Express

Wednesday May 31 2017

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The standard gauge railway train to be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday has been given a name.

An advertisement in local dailies shows that the train has been named Madaraka Express.

“The Madaraka Express is here!” the advertisement read.

It further stated that the train will offer intercity and county train services.

The intercity train will operate between Nairobi and Mombasa while the county one will make stops at the intermediate stations of Mariakani, Maiseny, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River.

A week ago, media personality Caroline Mutoko had posted a video online urging President Kenyatta not to launch the train under the name SGR but instead get a fancy name for it. She said SGR would never be easy on the mouth.

Ms Mutoko’s video was shared on social media and State House Digital Director Dennis Itumbi posted on Twitter that the President had received the message.