Kenya Railways has announced that the SGR cargo service will operate as scheduled on a 24-hour basis following the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the undesirable outcomes.
Actors in the freight business are being urged to take advantage of the SGR & MGR synergies to leverage their prospects.
“The SGR operator, Afristar (contracted operator of both the Madaraka Express & SGR freight service) has been directed to ensure seamless services during the ensuing period,” stated Kenya Railways MD Philip Mainga.
Mainga in a statement also assured actors in the freight business of the safety of goods on transit.
All users of the SGR cargo services have however been urged to adhere to all health and non-health guidelines as provided by the Ministry of Health.
SGR cargo services are available between the port town of Mombasa and Suswa in Narok County.
This announcement comes after the corporation recently rescheduled the departure time for the Madaraka Express and reduced the number of trips to one daily.
Nairobi commuter services were also affected.
In a statement, Kenya Railways said this was in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive of a 7pm to 5am curfew beginning Friday 27th March.
The inter-county train leaves both Mombasa and Nairobi Termini at 10:30 am.
The train makes stopovers at Voi, Mtito Andei and Kibwezi stations.
Further in line with National Government’s directive on the 60% capacity rule, the Madaraka Express Inter-County train stops at Athi River, Emali, Mariakani, Miasenyi stations were stopped.