Kenya extends railway from Nairobi to Naivasha

Kenyan president breaks ground at Nairobi South railway station.

The Kenyan government has begun extending the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line to Naivasha, a town located about 120km northwest of the capital.

The project, which is being implemented by the China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC), will connect Nairobi to the country’s geothermal production base in the Olkaria area of Naivasha.

In late September Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta attended a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the new Nairobi South railway station, set to become a new hub for rail commuters travelling to and from the capital.

Nairobi South will be located next to the Syokimau station and will serve as a link between the Mombasa-Nairobi and the Nairobi-Malaba lines.

Construction of the Sh327-billion rail project is scheduled for completion by June 2017.

Naivasha is located in Nakuru County, along the shores of Lake Naivasha, in the heart of Kenya's flower-growing region.