The deal which will cost 25 billion shillings is in partnership with Kenya Railways, and is expected to facilitate passenger and cargo train services.
Operationalization of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) along the Mombasa- Nairobi highway was a herald of socio economic growth along the route.
The eight county governments have pledged to contribute 100 million shillings each towards the implementation of the 25 billion shillings project.
The money will be used in upgrading the old tracks as well as in buying new locomotives.
The railway project is expected to boost inter-county trade in the Mt. Kenya region.
The governors are keen to extend the railway line to Isiolo County and later on link it to the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor.
Speaking during a consultative meeting in Laikipia on Saturday Governor Ndiritu Muriithi of Laikipia, Patrick Gakuru of Nyeri, Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu, Mwangi wa Iria of Kiambu and Anne Waiguru of Kirinyaga said that the plan is part of the blueprint that will tap the economic potential of their counties and foster economic growth in the region.
“We want to encourage all of us to take a different path and that path is of economic development and creating jobs,” said Ndiritu Muriithi.
The plan brings together the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’a Nyeri and Laikipia, with each county expected to contribute 100 million shillings to the revival plan.
“You would require 25 billion shillings to get a few locomotives, new wagons and get the track upgraded in order to get heavier trains to be able to move and carry bigger loads,” said Atanas Maina, Managing Director, Kenya Railways
The plan is one of the many among them the Lapsset project which the counties plan to integrate with neighbouring counties including Nakuru and Isiolo.
“We are sitting in a region where the old railway transports more than 7.5 million people. When we connect the people of Isiolo and upper Eastern and Ethiopia, we are going to be connecting to a lot more and a lot of this country’s wealth lies in the North.” Said Patrick Gakuru, Nyeri Governor
The railway revival plan will also involve rehabilitating water sources as well as creating market linkages for products produced in the five counties.