Kenya Railways Adjusts Train Schedule After Increased Demand

  • PresientUhuru Kenyatta at the Nairobi Central Railway Station on November 10, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Nairobi Central Railway Station on November 10, 2020.
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  • Kenya Railways has adjusted the Nairobi to Nanyuki Rail Service schedule to accommodate the increased demand by passengers travelling during this festive season.

    In a statement to media houses on Tuesday, December 22, Kenya Railways announced that for the Christmas and New Year’s period, the train will run on December 24, 2020 to Nanyuki and return to Nairobi on December 27, 2020.

    The New Year train will run on December 31, 2020, to Nanyuki and return to Nairobi on January 2, 2021. Both trains will depart Nairobi and Nanyuki at 9 am respectively.

    A refurbished railway station in Nairobi
    A refurbished railway station in Nairobi
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    Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga said the decision to adjust the schedule was a result of increased customer demand to travel by train to the various destinations along the route during the festive season.

    The MD added that the corporation has also increased the number of Business and Economy coaches to accommodate the demand.

    The Nairobi – Nanyuki Rail Passenger Service began its operations on December 11, 2020 making a round trip weekly departing on Fridays and making a return on Sundays.

    Last weekend the service ferried 640 passengers signalling excitement of the return of the passenger train on the Nairobi-Nanyuki line.

    Mainga explained that the service which offers travellers a good leisure ride mixed with an adventurous experience has been well received so far.

    “The service fares vary from destination to destination with a complete trip going for Ksh 200 for the Economy Class and Ksh 1,000 for Business Class.

    The train makes stops at the Intermediate stations along the route which are Thika, Miubiri, Makuyu, Maragua, Murang’a Sagana, Kiganjo and Naromoru”, he said.

    Cargo operations from the route started back in August on the rehabilitated 240-kilometre line that ferry goods such as fuel, fertilisers, hardware, cereals and other farm produce.

    The line was rehabilitated at a cost of Ksh3 billion. The last time it was in operation was back in the late 1990s. 

    Workers at the Nairobi Central Railway Station in 2020
    Workers at the Nairobi Central Railway Station in 2020
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