Kenya Railways builds ten new stations to appeal to road commuters
- KRC is betting on the ten to win over commuters forced to use congested roads due to the remoteness of some stations and frequent breakdowns of its locomotives.
- The next stations are at Kibera, Kenyatta University, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Satellite in Nairobi and Mutindwa, Lukenya and Konza in Machakos.
- KRC has upgraded its infrastructure in Nairobi with the aim of improving suburban services.
Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) is building ten new stations in Nairobi and its satellite towns in a bid to bring its services closer to commuters and increase passenger numbers.
KRC is betting on the ten to win over commuters forced to use congested roads due to the remoteness of some stations and frequent breakdowns of its locomotives.
The next stations are at Kibera, Kenyatta University, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Satellite in Nairobi and Mutindwa, Lukenya and Konza in Machakos.
“Currently we have about three stations in Kibera,” KRC managing director Philip Mainga said. business daily in an interview.
He added: “We have just completed Mukuru Kwa Njenga. The Kenyatta University station is in progress along with several others.
KRC has upgraded its infrastructure in Nairobi with the aim of improving suburban services.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2020 launched the revamped Nairobi Commuter Rail Service (NCRS) and revamped Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). They consisted of 11 DMUs and commuter rail buses.
The project was part of the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Master Plan modernization and expansion of underutilized rail transport to reduce congestion on the city’s roads.
NMS said earlier that the mobile units would ease traffic congestion in the capital by providing alternative means of transport.
Nairobi Central Railway Station serves as the hub of connection operations with DMUs that criss-cross the city’s routes including Embakasi Village, Pipeline and Donholm Railway Stations.
Currently, there are commuter rail services on the Nairobi–Imara Daima-Syokimau route, the Nairobi–Githurai–Mwiki–Kahawa–Ruiru route, the Nairobi–Embakasi route, and the Nairobi–Kibera–Kikuyu route.
According to Kenya Railways, the NCRS will create a fast and efficient mass transit system for the city and integrate rail with other modes of transport in the country.
The project was developed within existing rail corridors to provide commuter rail services between Nairobi Station.
Upcoming projects are in Mutuini, Dagoretti Market, Thogoto, Gitaru, Aviation, Kariobangi South, Membley and Strathmore/Madaraka.