Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Standard Gauge Railway
Kenya’s transportation structure is comprised of extensive networks of unpaved and paved roads. The railway system links Kenya’s major cities and ports. Further, it connects Kenya and its neighboring countries. Kenya has over 15 airports. To bolster economic growth and development, Kenya has launched a $14.1 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The railway is set to run from Mombasa-Nairobi. This megaproject will transform Kenya’s transport sector. It is a partnership between China Exim Bank and Kenya’s government. This is in an effort to revive train services. It is will be completed by 2016. Transporting cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi will be cheaper. Additionally, the SGR project will reduce congestion.
With implementation of devolution, the county governments will provide services to the citizenry. Nairobi County has formulated a new-fangled metropolitan plan set to ease traffic congestion as well as reduce pollution within the city. This plan will bolster health and education services. Traffic management will involve the introduction of traffic marshals not only in Nairobi County but will also be extended to other counties. World Bank estimates that traffic jams cost the country about $2.5 million. Furthermore, to decentralize services, proper traffic is vital.
Infrastructural expansion has become necessary not only in Kenya but also in other countries in the work. Bridges, bypasses, and flyovers construction continue to improve efficiency within the transportation sector in major cities in the world. This will reduce time investment. Good physical planning is important in easing traffic congestion.