SGR passenger traffic soars 15pc in first three months

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023 03:20 | By
Madaraka Express train. PHOTO/Print

Number of passengers who used Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train service in the first quarter of this year rose about 15.2 per cent as compared to a similar period in 2022, Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) said on Monday.

The train service during the three months ferried 597,506 passengers, an increase from 518,780 passengers in a similar quarter last year, the institution noted in a new report.

The surge in passenger volumes saw the train service, dubbed Madaraka Express, record a significant rise in revenue to about Sh661 million (about $4.58 million) in first quarter, a rise from about $3.9 million in the first three months of last year, according to the KRC.

The rise in demand for the train service shows more Kenyan travelers are seeking reliability, affordability, and speed while shuttling between Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and Mombasa, a coastal tourist destination.

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