The Kenya Railways has announced that it had started loading and moving Double Decker freight trains between the Port of Mombasa and Inland Container Depot (ICD)Nairobi.
This follows an announcement through a statement issued on Wednesday, January 27 that it had resumed the double-stack cargo train service from the Mombasa via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Excerpt of their statement reads, “The move will help improve daily cargo evacuation and efficiency of the Port of Mombasa.”
In addition, the national rail carrier stated that each Double Decker train has a capacity of moving a minimum of 154 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Initially introduced in 2018, the service was shut down after cargo movers avoided moving their goods via the SGR.
The SGR is the only service in Kenya that has the capacity to ferry Double Decker and was one of the reasons why the modern rail was built at a cost of over Ksh360 billion. Cargo movers have complained of the high cost of moving cargo via the service which is compounded by delays in sorting cargo at the Nairobi ICD.