Kenya Railways is set to begin freight operations on its new Standard Gauge Railway line on the first of December. The cargo locomotive is projected to haul more than 40% of the containers handled at the Mombasa port each year. The freight service will decongest the main highway between Mombasa and Nairobi. Kenya's annual freight handling is expected to exceed 50 million tons by 2030, doubling from 24 million in 2015. The new freight train charges will cut transport costs per container by half to less than $400 from $900 by road.
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