Over 400 Chinese Workers Will Run Daily Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Operations for 10 Years

  • By Michael Musyoka on Sunday, 16 July 2017 - 11:21am
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  • Days after a Standard Guage railway (SGR) train broke down at Kibwezi due to a technical hitch, Thegovernment has made a new announcement regarding the operations of the train.

    The company has signed a deal that will see about 400 Chinese operators be part of the daily operators of the Madaraka Express train.

    Kenya Railways Managing Director, Atanas Maina confirmed that the team from China would be in Kenya for 10 years before the train operations are officially handed over to the Kenyan team.

    “We intend to add a few more going forward. This will depend on the volume of business and the skill sets required,” Maina stated.

    He added that the team from China would comprise of experienced engineers, security personnel and staff of rail operations whose additional manpower would complement the current 300 local trained personnel manning the train.

    "We are confident of the functionality of the Madaraka Express and safety of our passengers remains paramount. We are working on continuous improvement of our service in order to improve our customer’s experience,” he assured.

    The deal comes after the Nairobi- bound SGR train engine stalled that delayed more than 1000 passengers for 89 minutes.

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