Aug 18, 2022

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Kenya to begin work on 127km Voi-Taveta railway link

Kenya will begin the rehabilitation of the 127 km meter-gauge Voi-Taveta railway line to serve the Kenya Ports Authority’s inland container depot at Taveta on the border with Tanzania.

Kenya’s Planning Minister Saitoti Torome said plans for rehabilitation of the old line has been completed and works will start in FY 2022/2023.

The rehabilitated line is designed to connect the ICD of Taveta to the Port of Mombasa, facilitating cargo handling and speeding up the transit volume, export and handling to Tanzania and Burundi.

Cargo handling from the two countries in the port of Mombasa has been declining in recent years. About 232,000 tons of cargo destined for Tanzania were handled at the Port of Mombasa in 2021, of which 1,000 tons went to Burundi.

The Kenyan Ports Authority has secured a 50-hectare property at the Taveta-Holili border crossing where there is the inland freight hub will be built.

The rail and freight center will bring the port facilities closer to importers and exporters and shorten the distance from Mombasa to Bujumbura by 358 kilometers via the North Corridor.

It will also include a enabling faster and more efficient trade through the Taveta/Holili one-stop border post.

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Notice for Clearance

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has issued a Notice to encroachers on the railway land reserves along the Voi Taveta Railway Corridor to be vacated before the end of June.

“We want to draw the public’s attention to ma that the company intends to rehabilitate the 127 kilometers of Voi -Taveta MGR line. A 14-day notice is hereby served to all unauthorized persons who have entered or reside and/or operate in the corridor of the MGR Line that upon expiration of such notice they shall voluntarily vacate immediately or face a forced eviction to complete the scheduled reads a portion of KRC’s notice.

The company said that after the notice expires, any illegal buildings and property found along the corridor will be at the risk and expense of the intruders demolished and/or removed. Some sections of railway land along the corridor have been confiscated and stalls built on them.

Derelict rails

The line is now derelict and rail tracks are missing, particularly in Tsavo West National Park.

< p>The railway line, built in 1924 by the British government during the First World War, was closed in 2000.

According to the KRC Master Plan, the line will be restored after its rehabilitation and will be connected to the standard gauge railway at Voi .