Kenya Railways has announced that the work on the Nakuru-Kisumu Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) line is almost complete.
The Kenya Railways Corporation spearheaded the MGR project, working in conjunction with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Youth Service (NYS).
The project entailed clearing of bushed, construction of bridges, placement of culverts, laying of the railway line on areas that are damaged extensively and ballasting along the corridor.
Track connection between Nakuru-Kisumu of about 217 kilometres has already been completed.
At the moment, viaduct repairs are part of the remaining works that are still ongoing.
The other part of the project, rehabilitation of the 69 Kilometers Kisumu-Butere MGR line has also started. Backfilling of some areas that were affected by illegal quarrying.
Kisumu-Butere MGR line at 57kmPHOTO/KENYA RAILWAYS
Kenya Railways is looking to link the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the Meter Gauge Railway to provide a seamless connection between the Port of Mombasa and Lake Victoria in Kisumu as well as Malaba.
The completion of the railway line will lead to a reduction of the number of tracks on the road, facilitate easy movement of goods from Mombasa to Uganda and ease travelling of passengers to the Western part of Kenya.