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Truck operators fear loss of business with the launch of SGR

As the launch date for the Standard Gauge Railway inches closer, players in road transport are getting increasingly jittery about the future of their businesses.

Those involved in logistics along the Nairobi-Mombasa route fear the SGR line will render thousands jobless and waste billions of shillings in investments, as the train replaces buses and trucks.

Truck operators have dominated cargo ferrying from Mombasa to various destinations, with rail volumes dropping from about 70% in the 1970’s and 80’s, to a paltry 5% today, but all this is about to change.

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