Cargo train spells doom for over 500 truck drivers

A Standard Gauge Railway passenger train arrives in Nairobi on May 31, 2017. Transporters are now complaining that the SGR cargo train has taken over most of their business. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Kenya Ports Authority issued a directive in June that containers destined to Mombasa for local clearance would not be allowed to be nominated by clients to any CFS.

  • On Monday, the Nation learnt that CFSs and transport firms in Mombasa have started laying off workers following reduced business.

  • More than 500 truck drivers and 100 workers in CFSs have been declared redundant after the government ordered cargo to be cleared from Nairobi.

Hundreds of Container Freight Stations (CFS) workers and drivers in Mombasa have been rendered jobless, thanks to increase in the volume of goods transported by train through the Standard Gauge Railway.


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