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Multimodal Transport Security

Multimodal Transport Security

Frameworks and Policy Applications in Freight and Passenger Transport

Comparative Perspectives on Transportation Security series

Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz, Luca Zamparini, Genserik L.L. Reniers and Dawna L. Rhoades

The rapid growth of multimodal (intermodal) passenger and freight has created dangerous new security issues. This book addresses these issues with a multidisciplinary perspective. The evolution of policies and the organization of practices in several key countries are also described in depth. By analysing the similarities and differences in these priorities, frameworks and policies, this work identifies relevant benchmarks and best practices. It will be relevant for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers across a wide range of fields.

Chapter 9: Multimodal freight transport security in Kenya

Evaristus Irandu

Subjects: environment, transport, politics and public policy, terrorism and security, urban and regional studies, transport


As Diouf (2007) argues, the role of transport is very strategic in a modern economy. This is because it facilitates trade, and enhances and improves the movement of goods, people, ideas, technology and other services. Therefore, there is need to develop a transport system that is not only adequate, efficient and cheap but well planned, integrated and secure. However, according to de Bod (2008) transport infrastructure in sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries reflects the colonial legacy, which resulted in the construction of roads and railways to link the interior with the coast primarily for the extraction and export of raw materials. Thus, historically the Kenyan transport system like that of other SSA countries, developed from the country’s main port of Mombasa to take advantage of the then Ugandan railway. This linear spatial structure along a corridor remained long after road traffic took over from the railway. Today, most of the urban centres and economic activities in Kenya and the hinterland (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC], Southern Sudan) are located or close to the Northern Corridor.

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