[photo: The Star]
Nov, 20th 2020 – The Kenya Railways Service has stated that the modernized Nairobi Central Railway Station is now ready for operations. The new terminus will receive public service vehicles from Ngong road in an effort to decongest the CBD.
Meanwhile, the trains will cost commuters a 100 shillings flat rate in any destination. The train is operating from Syokimau, Kikuyu, Ruiru, Pipeline and Kahawa west to the CBD.
Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the Commuter Rail Services will be extended to JKIA in 2021. The Kenya Railways in a press statement on Thursday highlighted that the service is being undertaken in conjunction with the Airports Authority. The release read, “The Kenya Airport Authority is offering technical guidance on security matters and other issues to ensure all commuters from the Railway Station access the Airport efficiently.“
Kenyatta added that, “While this extension is being constructed, high capacity buses will be stationed at Embakasi Village Station to provide direct transport services to and from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.“
The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says that the new service will offer air passengers the luxury of avoiding traffic on Mombasa road. KRC projects that the service will attract over 24,000 travelers and workers. “Commuters will be able to catch a train from the Nairobi Railway Station up to the Embakasi Village Railway Station after which they will then be ferried through the Airport South Road which has been dedicated to the Nairobi Commuter Rail Bus also referred to as the Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles.”
The unveiling of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Express Service by KRC follows the commission of the Diesel Multiple Units, by the President who had assures that the rail track shall be extended to the airport.