Kenya's standard gauge railway usage hits new high ahead of festive season

Updated: December 21, 2022 Source: Xinhua News Agency
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Train crew Fionah communicates with passengers on a Mombasa-Nairobi Railway passenger train, July 29, 2022. (Xinhua/Dong Jianghui)

Kenya's standard gauge railway, built by the Chinese, ferried 1.74 million passengers in the first nine months of 2022, up 28 percent year on year, according to government data.

NAIROBI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's standard gauge railway trains ferried 1.74 million passengers in the first nine months of 2022, up more than a quarter as compared to the same period last year, according to data from the government statistician released on Monday.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said the 1.74 million passengers are a surge of 28 percent as compared to a similar period in 2021 when the train ferried 1.35 million people.

In 2021, the modern passenger train ferried 1.99 million people in total.

This, the KNBS said, means that passenger numbers in 2022 will hit a new high as demand surges ahead of the festive season.

This Photo shows the Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge equipped with noise deflectors along the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway in Nairobi, Kenya, July 20, 2022. (Afristar/Handout via Xinhua)

On Monday, the train ticketing service showed that it is fully booked from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27 as holidaymakers flock to Mombasa, the coastal tourism bedrock in Kenya, for the Christmas period.

Travelers prefer the train that shuttles between Nairobi, the capital, and Mombasa because it is fast, comfortable, and affordable.

Similarly, the train ferried 4.55 million tons of cargo between January and September, up from 3.92 million tons recorded in the same nine months in 2021, according to the KNBS.

Editor: Tian Shenyoujia