Kenyan government launches a huge investment plan concerning railway operations and capacity in order to be proactive in finding a solution for the heavy traffic build ups caused by trucks transporting containers. 

Roughly one truck every 30 seconds transports massive containers from the Mombasa port towards Nairobi, Uganda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and southern Ethiopia.

The traffic jams will become a lot lighter over the coming years if the railway investment programme is implemented accordingly. The goal is to put freight on to railways and empty the roads of trucks.

There are two huge railway projects developing in Kenya and in total the projects are estimated to cost close to $4.5 billion.

  1. The first railway plan involves upgrading the old colonial line that links Mombasa with Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and further afield.
  2. The second railway plan involves constructing a brand new track that will link Mombasa and Nairobi.

Kenyan government has launched these two railway operations with the aim to increase economic growth and development within 5 years. The country is also pressing ahead with constructing hundreds of kilometres of roads and highways with the following additional projects include:

  • Increasing power generation capacity;
  • Expanding Nairobi’s international airport;
  • Upgrading the port of Mombasa
  • Constructing a new port and transport hub near the border of Somalia.


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