High Speed Rail in China, What Kenya Can Expect With The Recenetly Signed KSh 327b Standard Gauge Railway Construction Project.
The high speed railway newtork is divided into various sections depending on the speed of the trains. Since high-speed rail service in China was introduced on April 18, 2007, passenger numbers have grown from 237,000 in 2007 to 1.33 million in 2012.
Kenya recently signed a financial deal with the Government of China, through China Exim Bank, that would see the construction of a double standard railway line from the capital Nairobi to Mombasa. The contract will also include skills transfer as well as job creation. The first phase which will run from Mombasa to Nairobi will be funded 90% by the Chinese government while Kenya settles the 10%.
Train speeds are tagged at 120km/h for passenger coaches and 80% for the freight ones. Travel time from the capital to the coastal city of Mombasa is expected to be 30 minutes once the line is completed. This Ksh. 300 Billion phase will see positive economic changes across the East African market which heavily rely on the Mombasa Port. Since Kenya's railway line has never been extended since its construction, the country has alot to learn once the line is in operational.
China on the other hand boasts of a very intricate railway network with both high speed trains and relatively slow engines. The fast trains which connect major cities can reach speeds of 305km/h. Slower trains will operate at 200km/h and the tickets are relatively cheaper. Because China is avast country, night trains are common. The slower engines are used to connect remote parts of China.