Transport Ministry moves to decongest city with construction of Nairobi Western Bypass

The Ministry of Transport, through the Kenya Highway Authorities, has signed an agreement with the China Road and Bridge Corporation – the main contractor of the SGR project – for the construction of Nairobi Western Bypass. The Western bypass road, which will link Ruaka to Waiyaki Way, will help decongest the city and facilitate easy movement of those traveling outside Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who inspected the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) over the weekend, disclosed that the Government is in talks with investors to put up industrial parks along the SGR line so as to create jobs for Kenyans.

“We have discussed on how to set up industrial parks at Dongo Kundu in Mombasa, Voi, Mtito Andei, Nairobi and Naivasha which will help us create jobs for our young people,” said the President.

Kenyatta visited Section of the project at Sultan Hamud and was briefed on the progress of the SGR, which is more than three-quarters done, is on schedule, and running within budget. The rail had injected Sh50 billion directly into the pockets of Kenyan suppliers by February following President Kenyatta’s directive that 40 per cent of supplies of goods and services to the SGR be local content.

The project had also employed over 30,000 locals, fulfilling one of the major demands that jobs be handed to local communities during the construction of what is the biggest investment in east and Central Africa. Once the SGR project is complete, it will drastically reduce transportation costs of goods from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi, projecting Kenya’s position as a regional business hub.

More than 75 per cent of the civil works have been completed on the first phase of the Ksh420 billion project, with over 235 km track-line laid between Voi and Sultan Hamud.

The second phase of the project will cover 487 km from Nairobi-Kisumu-Malaba and it is divided into three sub-phases. These phases include 2A which is 120 Km from Nairobi to Naivasha.

Financing has been identified and construction is expected to start in September this year.

Phase 2B which is 262 Km will stretch from Naivasha-Narok-Bomet-Ahero-Kisumu while phase 2C will cover 107 Km from Kisumu-Yala-Mumias-Malaba.

The implementation of the Standard Gauge Railway will not only boost the transport development but also promote integration and industrialization in the East and Central Africa.

 

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