Heavy Rains Hamper SGR Services

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Nairobi-Suswa SGR passenger train service on October 16, 2019 The Standard
  • The Kenya Railways on December 3, announced a halt in operations for the connector line between the Nairobi CBD station to Syokimau SGR station following the heavy rains.

    Through a post on Twitter, the authority confirmed that the halt in rail transport between the two stations has mainly been caused by high water levels between Makadara and Imara Daima stations that have rendered the line impassable.

    “Due to high water levels between Makadara and Imara Daima stations which have rendered the line impassable, the afternoon link train from the CBD to Nairobi Terminus will not be running today.

    “We regret the inconvenience caused to our link train customers,” read the tweet.

    A photo of Nairobi SGR terminus in Syokimau
    A photo of Nairobi SGR terminus in Syokimau

    The halt in railway transport within the route has now occurred for the second time after a first instance on November 28, when the line was rendered impassable for the same reason.

    “Apologies to our commuter service customers destined for Imara, Syokimau, Rongai and Ngong.

    “A section of the line between CBD and Syokimau stations was submerged due to heavy rains rendering the line impassable,” read a statement from Kenya Railways.

    The heavy rain may affect passenger numbers as the Syokimau terminus relies mainly on the connector station for passengers from the CBD.

    A photo of Mombasa SGR terminus
    A photo of Mombasa SGR terminus

    In a press statement on November 29, the Kenya Metreological department gave a warning on increased rains in the country that may result to severe flooding.

    “Heavy rainfall of more than 30mm in 24hrs is expected as from Friday 29th November 2019 over the South Rift, Central Rift and Nyanza Regions,” read the statement.

    Counties that were to be affected include Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu, and Siaya.

    Other counties that are also subject to the effects of the rain include Nairobi, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Machakos, and Makueni.