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July 21, 2018

Give Northern Corridor priority over expressway

Mombasa-Nairobi highway near Voi town. /File
Mombasa-Nairobi highway near Voi town. /File

It is a good thing that the Kenya National Highway Authority has announced the extension of the Nairobi to Mombasa highway as an expressway.

Kenha says the expanded highway will vastly improve the connectivity, efficiency and safety of road transport between the country’s capital and the main seaport city of Mombasa. It will be built by a US company and financed with American capital.

But the Mombasa to Malava highway is of greater priority just now. The Northern Corridor highway should be extended into the eastern Africa hinterland. Already, it is the busiest and most important transport route in East and Central Africa.

The extended dual carriageway is important and the SGR will carry much of the cargo, but the Northern Corridor would serve both Kenya and the landlocked economies of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DR Congo and South Sudan.

It will be good to have both projects done and working closely with the standard gauge railway.



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