Kenya Railways is set to start work on the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and has now invited contractors for the job. The state corporation yesterday put out an international tender notice for consultancy services for the railway which is estimated to cost Sh340 billion.
"The corporation intends to develop high capacity, high speed standard gauge railway from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi. In this regard, the corporation will engage engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor to deliver a turnkey project for the civil works, track works and procurement and installation of facilities, locomotives and rolling stock," said the print advertisement.
KR is also seeking developers for a commuter rail service between the Nairobi's Central Business District to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The contractor will also be expected to procure and install multiple units of diesel electric trains.
Last month, the then KR managing director Nduva Muli and now the Principal Secretary for Transport said the project needs about Sh6 billion to take off.
The line will be in two phases, one from Embakasi Railway Station to the Syokimau Railway Station and the other from Syokimau to JKIA. It is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
It is expected to ease transport from the Central Business District to the airport. The journey which takes less than half an hour during off-peak can take upto two hours during traffic jams.
The airport commuter line is part of the larger Nairobi Commuter Rail Project that aims to ease Nairobi's traffic flow. This project is expected to cost about Sh26 billion.