RVR at a crossroads as East Africa goes for standard gauge to fix infrastructure mess
Saturday August 31 2013
A train on service operated by Rift Valley Railways (RVR) passes by near Kampala, March 13, 2012. The future of Kenya-Uganda railway concessionaire Rift Valley Railways (RVR) hangs in the balance. File
According to statements from Nairobi, Rift Valley Railways, (RVR) which won a 25-year contract to run the 1,330km Mombasa-Kampala line in November 2006, was falling short of expectations.
The share of cargo transported by rail had fallen to 0.9 million tonnes down from the 1.5 million tonnes that Kenya Railways used to transport before the concession, according to the claims.
The standard gauge project is intended to increase rail freight from the current 4 per cent to at least 50 per cent in the next few years.