Kenya Railways and Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca signed a EUR 9.6 million contract for the supply of 11 used diesel multiple units which will operate the Nairobi commuter network. The value of the contract includes the spare parts, wheel profiling and training. The DMUs have a remaining economic useful life of 23-25 years.
“We have the operation ready to move trains as soon as possible. Our goal is to have them in service in Nairobi in April,” Pastor Awitta, the president of Kenya Railways said.
The signing of the contract follows the negotiation process started in December 2018 which has been supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and Renfe.
Kenya Railways will cover 20% of the contract value, with the remaining coming from different other sources.
The 11 five-car reconditioned DMUs will enter transport services on five routes linking Nairobi Central Station to Syokimau, Embakasi Village, Thika, Kikuyu and Kitengela.
Kenya Railways is modernising its passenger fleet for Nairobi commuter services to increase the number of passengers from currently 13,000 to 132,000 passengers per day.