Kenya, Ethiopia agree to start $13.8bn railway in 2025

Kenya has signed an agreement with Ethiopia to build a 3,000km standard gauge railway network between its newly completed Lamu Port and Addis Ababa, the East Africannews site reports.  

Work on Lapsset, which stands for the “Lamu–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project”, is expected to begin in 2025.

The plan is to build a high-speed electric railway from Lamu to the town of Isiolo, about 200km northeast of Nairobi. The line would then split into three to connect with Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and the South Sudanese capital of Juba. 

Lapsset is expected to cost $13.8bn, greatly exceeding in scale Kenya’s other major rail scheme, the SGR line that connects Mombasa with Nairobi.