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PHOTO PACKAGE: Chinese-Built Railway In Kenya

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A new Chinese-built rail track lies about 500 meters away from the old colonial-era railway station, which closed down in 2012.

Opened in 2017, the new $3.3 billion railway is part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-trillion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.

The new railway sliced travel times in half for passengers and cargo traveling between the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa. The non-express service takes just over four hours to make six stops but only runs once a day, a steep reduction from the 46 stops of the old service that ran twice a day.

State-run Kenya Railways said the new line has boosted local travel. Passengers surged to 1.765 million in the year to June 2019, up from 1.239 million in the year to June 2018, as people who used to travel by road or air opt for the new train.

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