Madaraka Express SGR To Resume Train Service

Kenya Railways is scheduled to resume the Madaraka Express train service on Monday.

The Mombasa-Nairobi, Suswa-Nairobi train schedule had been stopped over a decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cease movement between Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Nakuru counties.

The train schedule however remains unchanged, expecting its schedule to be fully booked as businessmen, families reunite.

This is due to an extension of the dusk to dawn curfew announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The partial lockdown was slated to end in late May, but was reversed with specific caution communicated by Uhuru.

SGR Maintainance Management contract

The government recently negotiated its operation and maintenance contract for the with Chinese firm Africa Star Railway Operations Company (Afristar). 

Under the agreement, KRC will gradually assume operation of the SGR until it is responsible for all operations and maintenance in May 2022, with some phases already completed.

“We have taken over the security, ticketing and fueling services,” says KRC chairman Mr Omudho Awitta. 

The contract between KRC and Afristar included a provision for the revision or termination of the contract every five years. KRC chose not to continue the contract at the end of the current five-year period ending in May of this year. 

Afristar, which is owned by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), a subsidiary of the majority Chinese state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), was awarded a 10-year operation and maintenance contract for the 592km SGR by KRC in 2017.