Kenya's modern railway service adds coaches ahead of long weekend holiday

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-18 22:15:16|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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NAIROBI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Railways announced on Friday that it will add more coaches to the popular high-speed train that plies from the capital Nairobi to the coast ahead of a long weekend holiday that starts today.

The train, dubbed Madaraka Express and operated on the standard gauge railway, is loved by travellers heading to the coastal city of Mombasa from Nairobi and vice versa.

This is because it cuts travel time on the route from eight to four hours and are economical as compared with road transportation and flight.

Kenya will on Sunday celebrate Mashujaa Day, or Heroes' Day, which extends to Monday, therefore, hundreds of holidaymakers are expected to head to the Coast.

"The Madaraka Express Mombasa-Nairobi service will have additional coaches as from Oct. 18-21. The addition shall be made on the intercounty train from Nairobi and express train from Mombasa," the corporation said in a statement.

The train ferried 1.7 million passengers to and from Mombasa and Nairobi in 2018, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.