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 Form 2 History and Government online lessons on transport

Results or impact of railway transport.

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Results of railway transport.
(a) It has promoted the movement of people thus leading to increased social and cultural interaction.
(b) It has promoted trade as goods, light, heavy or bulky, are transported efficiently to the markets.
(c) It has stimulated industrial development since industrial products and raw materials can now be transported faster and in large quantities.
(d) Railway transport has stimulated the growth of urban centers.
- In Kenya for example, urban centres like Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and voi either developed along the railway line or at the terminus.
(e) It has facilitated the spread of religious faiths and political ideas.
- This was the case in Kenya during the period of missionary work and colonization.
(f) There has been a significant improvement in agriculture since agricultural goods are transported more easily and faster using the railway.
(g) It has been a source of employment for many people in maintenance, engine driving etc.
(h) It has facilitated the exploitation of natural resources like mining, fisheries and forestry.


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