Upgrading and renovation of the Nairobi South Railway Station, Africa's first railway crossing station, was completed on July 29, local time in Kenya.
The station is an intersection of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway and the Nairobi-Malabar Railway.
Contracted by China Railway Signal & Communication Co., Ltd. (CRSC), the station's renovation connected the two railways' command and control operational systems.
The effect is that the two railways can now be operated by one system.
The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway was the first railway built to Chinese standards in Kenya in the past hundred years and the Nairobi-Malabar Railway is the second Kenyan railway built to Chinese standards that CRSC has participated in.
Both railways are important traffic network backbones in East Africa.
The system upgrading laid a solid foundation for connection of the railway communication and information system of the two railways.
To date, five stations along the Nairobi-Malabar Railway have completed system adjustment and are ready for testing of the integration.
The joint operation is expected to go into service this October.
In addition to the joint operation with the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, the Nairobi-Malabar Railway will also be linked with railways in Uganda, which when completed will greatly reduce logistic transportation costs between the two countries and promote connectivity and integration of East African sub-regions.
(Executive editor: Hao Wen)