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Cargo shortage has hit the standard gauge railway’s goods haulage business that was launched on Monday, forcing Kenya Railways to delay the daily service.
The second cargo train that was expected in Nairobi on Wednesday was still stuck at Mombasa port awaiting containers amid increased imports via Kenya’s sole sea port.
Kenya Railways Thursday said the train will leave Mombasa once the wagons are full to capacity, raising fears that investors are still opting for road transport.
“The second SGR freight train, which was expected to come to today (Thursday), is not full. We will let you know when it will arrive in Nairobi once it’s full,” said a Kenya Railways official who sought anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.
The Monday cargo train hauled of 104 containers. This comes amid increased traffic at Mombasa port, helped by an expansion of its handling capacity. The port handles more than one million containers annually. Imports account for more than 80 per cent of the cargo or a daily average of 2,000 containers.
This has raised questions on why the SGR is struggling for containers. The new railway was expected to haul a huge chunk of containers and take pressure off the congested roads.
This article first appeared on www.theeastafrican.co.ke
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