Kenya’s SGR train carries 7.8 million passengers since inception

The first Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train arrives at the Nairobi terminus in Nairobi, Kenya May 31, 2017. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the standard gauge railway (SGR) built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers over the past five years. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

NAIROBI, July 6 (Xinhua) — The Standard Gauge Passenger Train (SGR) has carried some 7.78 million passengers between the capital, Nairobi and Mombasa since its inception in June 2017, a national statistics agency said in a report released Wednesday.

Kenya’s National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said the Chinese-built train carried the most passengers – two million – in 2021, with 2018 in second at 1.67 million.

The train carried 699,055 passengers in 2017, 1.59 million passengers in 2019 and 1.29 million passengers in 2020, KNBS said.

The Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) told reporters in Nairobi that millions of passengers using the SGR is a demonstration of the popularity of the train nicknamed Madaraka Express.

“The train has cut passenger travel time from Nairobi to Mombasa from an average of 10 hours to just five,” the PSCU said in a memo on government plans on Wednesday.

Kenyans sing and dance next to one of the first batches of locomotives for the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Mombasa, Kenya January 11, 2017. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the China-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers over the past five years. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Passengers board a train from Nairobi to Mombasa along the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Kenya, June 9, 2017. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the standard gauge railway (SGR) has been built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers over the past five years. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

People leave Nairobi railway station after getting off the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train in Nairobi, Kenya on November 17, 2021. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the railway standard gauge (SGR) railway built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers in the past five years. (Xinhua/Dong Jianghui)

Guests attend the launching ceremony at the Nairobi terminus of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Kenya, November 1, 2017. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the standard gauge railway standard (SGR) built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers over the past five years. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)

Staff members guide a passenger past a fare gate at the Mombasa terminus of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Kenya, June 1, 2017. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the railway standard gauge (SGR) built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers in the past five years. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

People board a Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train at Ngong station in Kenya, March 25, 2022. Kenya has now found a new lifeline in the railway standard gauge (SGR) railway built in China since its launch on May 31, 2017. Data from Afristar, the SGR operator, shows that the modern railway has carried more than 7.7 million passengers over the past five last years. (Xinhua/Long Lei)

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