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Uganda Announces Breakthrough Deal to Link Its Railway With Kenya’s SGR

The embattled Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya that now faces a critical test as to whether it will be able to survive the worsening economic crisis. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

The Ugandan government on Monday signed a $46 million (Sh5 billion) deal with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to revamp a 260-kilometer railway that will connect to Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway, making it possible for goods and passengers to travel directly from Kampala all the way to the port of Mombasa.

CRBC says it will take about a year to refurbish Uganda’s colonial-era meter-gauge railway that will go to the Rift Valley station in Naivasha where it will meet up with the standard gauge line that goes to the port.

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