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SGR receives 50 new wagons to boost freight operations

A second shipment of 250 wagons is expected to arrive this month.

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Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has announced the arrival of 50 new wagons to bolster the operations of the Madaraka Express freight service.

Murkomen said the wagons are a key milestone for Kenya and the region as the country seeks to improve rail services and efficiency.

The CS revealed that a second shipment of 250 wagons was loaded at the Tianjin port in China in late January and is expected to arrive this month.

“For Kenya to remain competitive we must continue to improve our transport infrastructure.The Ministry will, therefore, ensure we have the necessary human capital, operational assets and information systems for achieving these goals,” said Murkomen.

“The new wagons are part of our strategic response to market dynamics, and the need to meet the ever-changing customer demands and gain a competitive edge,” he added.

Murkomen noted that it was the first-time new wagons have been added since the launch of SGR in May 2017.

He said 20 of the wagons procured will also have power plugins to enable the movement of refrigerated containers.

“The refrigerated wagons will be a big boost to our horticultural sector. We will be able to respond to the preferences of customers from around the world,” he stated.

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