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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:43 PM   #281
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Old March 29th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #282
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 09:09 AM   #283
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What is the projected ridership, when the passernger trains start?
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What is the projected ridership, when the passernger trains start?
1 million per annum or 2-3 thousand per day initially.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 03:36 PM   #285
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With what frequency on Mombassa - Nairobi (and other sections) ?
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Old April 4th, 2017, 02:10 AM   #286
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With what frequency on Mombassa - Nairobi (and other sections) ?
Initially they will run two train-pairs. One stopping only at Voi between Nairobi-Mombasa and another one stopping at all seven stations between Nairobi-Mombasa. More services are planned depending on demand. There are frequent and cheap bus services parallel to the new railway so they have to establish how many people are willing to switch from bus to rail. A similar corridor in Cameroon employs four train-pairs per day but is limited due the bad condition of the existing infrastructure.
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Initially they will run two train-pairs. One stopping only at Voi between Nairobi-Mombasa and another one stopping at all seven stations between Nairobi-Mombasa. More services are planned depending on demand. There are frequent and cheap bus services parallel to the new railway so they have to establish how many people are willing to switch from bus to rail. A similar corridor in Cameroon employs four train-pairs per day but is limited due the bad condition of the existing infrastructure.
I thought the express train only stops at Mtito Andei....when did it change to Voi??
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I thought the express train only stops at Mtito Andei....when did it change to Voi??
Nope they didn't I mixed that up...
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Initially they will run two train-pairs. One stopping only at Voi between Nairobi-Mombasa and another one stopping at all seven stations between Nairobi-Mombasa. More services are planned depending on demand. There are frequent and cheap bus services parallel to the new railway so they have to establish how many people are willing to switch from bus to rail. A similar corridor in Cameroon employs four train-pairs per day but is limited due the bad condition of the existing infrastructure.
How much faster than a bus will this train service be?
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How much faster than a bus will this train service be?
Depending on the stage they leave from/arrive to buses can get stuck in traffic for quiet a while in Nairobi/Mombasa. They can make it in six hours at best but I personally never experienced a journey under eight hours. The express train service is supposed to take about four hours..
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Depending on the stage they leave from/arrive to buses can get stuck in traffic for quiet a while in Nairobi/Mombasa. They can make it in six hours at best but I personally never experienced a journey under eight hours. The express train service is supposed to take about four hours..
Ok, so buses will not be competitive for passengers who can afford a train (presumably more expensive). I guess it's also possible to fly, but probably not that much time gained considering travel to/from airport.
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Old April 6th, 2017, 10:12 AM   #292
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Ok, so buses will not be competitive for passengers who can afford a train (presumably more expensive). I guess it's also possible to fly, but probably not that much time gained considering travel to/from airport.
Consider, that the station are also not in the city centers. But 4 hours seems very competative!
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Old May 26th, 2017, 03:02 AM   #294
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I found this link on another forum.

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/SGR-tra...936808-rmer0v/

It appears there will be a ceremonial first freight train on May 30, but actual freight service will not begin until January 2018.

It also appears that regular passenger service will begin on May 31, but it will only have 1 round trip per day.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 07:29 PM   #296
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Old May 31st, 2017, 04:54 PM   #297
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Madaraka Express passenger train launched in Mombasa

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.

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Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway opened

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/i...ay-opened.html

KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi on May 31, travelling on the inaugural Madaraka Express passenger service. The previous evening he had launched an inaugural freight train from Port Reitz in Mombasa, waving a giant flag as choirs performed patriotic songs.

Kenyatta said the SGR would attract investment by bringing down freight and passenger transport costs. ‘The foundations we lay today will lead us to a new chapter of industrialisation’, he said, adding that the government would fast-track the establishment of special economic zones along the route.

Kenya Railway Corp said sending a 20 ft container between Mombasa and Nairobi would cost KSh50 000 by SGR, compared to KSh90 000 by road, and with the transit time cut from between 16 h and 24 h to a maximum of 8 h.

There will be two types of Madaraka Express passenger service, with the Intercity Train running non-stop from Mombasa to Nairobi and the County Train calling at the intermediate stations of Mariakani, Miasenyi, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River.

China Eximbank met 90% of the US$3·6bn cost of SGR Phase 1, which has been built by China Road & Bridge Corp using Chinese equipment. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on November 28 2013, with main works formally starting in December 12 2014.

The 1 435 mm gauge line largely parallels the colonial-era 1 000 mm gauge Kenya–Uganda Railway. The new single-track line is built to Chinese ‘Class 1’ standards, designed for robustness and low maintenance, with 25 tonne axleloads and passenger trains operating at up to 140 km/h and freight trains at up to 80 km/h.

The route forms the first phase of a planned four-country network intended to provide high-capacity and cost-effective passenger and freight links between Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Ceremonies in October 2016 marked the start of work by China Road & Bridge Corp on the 120 km Phase 2A from Nairobi to Naivasha. On February 2, ministers from Kenya and Uganda agreed synchronised 42-month timescales for the construction of Phase 2B from Naivasha to Kisumu, Phase 2C from Kisumu to the border at Malaba and the 273 km Uganda section to Kampala which is be built by China Harbour Engineering by mid-2020.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 02:02 AM   #299
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Hello! Are there any project to electrify the line?
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Old June 1st, 2017, 09:20 AM   #300
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Well I'm tempted to say "congratulations" because it's not that often that a new rail line opens in Africa and certainly not of this magnitude, but I'm à bit afraid of what the Chinese will request in return.
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