The Chinese SGR will not offer as many stops for passengers along Mombasa road as the aged, British constructed Uganda railway line that it will replace come June, 2017.
According to Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina the regular high speed trains nicknamed “county trains” will stop only at seven designated passenger stations – Mariakani, Miasenyi, Voi , Mtito Andei, kibwezi, Emali and Athi River.
This is great setback to land developers who had positioned themselves along the new railway line after it was said the Chinese built trains would offer quicker, more reliable and affordable services all along the line.
In parts of Kiserian in Kajiado, large estates had already started to pop up targeting populations in Nairobi City with the new train service as the key attraction.
Another train service, nicknamed, Intercity, will stop only at Mtito Andei for crossing the Intercity train in the opposite direction.” Maina said.
Average speed for the Chinese trains is 85 kph with transit times at 5 hours and 25 minutes for the 472 kilometre stretch.
In total, Kenya Railways is expected to receive 40 passenger coaches, which will have varying capacities with the economy class accommodating 118 passengers in each coach and 72 in the first class coach.
The first batch of the passenger trains has already arrived in Mombasa from China. Two passenger engines and 32 coaches are part of the 56 locomotives being shipped into the country prior to the completion of the SGR in June 2017. The 32 coaches incorporate 23 hard seat units, five soft seat units, two luggage car units, one generator car unit and one track inspection car.
For passengers travelling from Mombasa to Nairobi and vice versa, it’s all luxury in the ultra-modern coaches, which According to Maina, are set to revolutionize the journey between the Kenyan Coast and Nairobi.
The passenger coaches have an excellent interior that will allow travellers to enjoy air conditioning, Wi-Fi, social amenities and catering facilities, among other luxuries.