Rid­ingkenya’s new­train­line

The re­cently com­pleted Mom­basa-nairobi rail­way brings a new era of train travel in Kenya

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

AS a small child grow­ing up in the Kenyan cap­i­tal Nairobi, our an­nual fam­ily hol­i­day to the beau­ti­ful beaches of Mom­basa al­ways be­gan and ended with a de­gree of trep­i­da­tion.

My sis­ter and I would jump into the car and dur­ing the jour­ney along the then no­to­ri­ously treach­er­ous sin­gle-lane high­way, we would pass the time ei­ther by wav­ing at other driv­ers or play­ing “count the pot­holes.” By the time I was old enough to drive the route my­self, the gov­ern­ment had re­ceived funds from the World Bank and Euro­pean Union to ex­tend much of the road into a dual car­riage­way and filled in many of the dan­ger­ous pot­holes, sav­ing pre­cious lives.

A sim­i­lar change has re­cently taken place on Kenya’s rail­way, which fol­lows the same route from Nairobi to Mom­basa, and has now been up­graded, this time, by a Chi­nese com­pany.

All aboard the new Mom­basa-nairobi line

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