- Kenya Railways
Kenya Railways Corporation has announced that the Nairobi Commuter train will resume full operations on Monday, January 4.
The notice highlighted the following routes which will be in operation: Nairobi Central station to Ruiru station, Nairobi central station to Kikuyu station, Nairobi central station to Embakasi village station.
This comes as all schools resume learning after a nine-month disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.Inside the Nairobi Commuter Trains on November 10, 2020.
Other routes that will resume on Monday include Nairobi CBD to Syokimau station, Nairobi to Athi River station and Nairobi to Ongata Rongai, Ngong stations/Nairobi Terminus to Suswa service.
During a press briefing held in KICC on Sunday, January 3, Transport Ministry Cabinet Secretary James Macharia noted that the ministry had made plans to ensure the smooth resumption of schools countrywide.
He added that 20 intercity commuter trains would be available. This move would allow at least 60,000 passengers to be ferried to their destinations daily.
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the Medium Gauge Railway (MGR) trains plying the Mombasa-Nairobi route would double their capacity to ease travel for learners, according to CS Macharia.
He added that all trains would stop at the seven stations and more trains would be added to allow inter county travel. This means no train will be making express trips on Monday.
CS Macharia also noted that the Nairobi- Nanyuki commuter train would be leaving Nairobi at 9 am and ferry close to 1,500 passengers.
He further noted that his ministry held talks with the Matatu Owners Association whereby they agreed that all drivers would be tested for alcohol and drivers would not be allowed to drive for long distances.
Morevoer, he added that fares would not be hiked during the school reopening period.Transport CS James Macharia (second left) sanitises his hands while preparing to board a train on Monday, December 7, 2020.alcohol
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