Kenya Railways Introduces SGR Midnight Train Service

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off SGR Phase 2A at the Nairobi Terminus on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off SGR Phase 2A at the Nairobi Terminus on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • The Kenya Railways Corporation has introduced a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) midnight train service from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa.

    In a statement released on Sunday, January 3, the corporation revealed that the introduction of the service has been necessitated by an increase in demand due to school reopening.

    "Following today's Multi-Agency briefing on Re-opening of Schools, we will provide an additional Inter-county train in the evening between Mombasa and Nairobi," read the statement.

    A photo of SGR Nairobi terminus
    A photo of SGR Nairobi terminus
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    The train will leave the Nairobi Terminus at 9 p.m and make the first stop in the Athi River station at 9:19 p.m, spending three minutes on the station.

    The Mombasa bound train will then proceed to Emali at 10:27 p.m and leave the station three minutes later before getting to Kibwezi at 11:14 p.m.

    The train will leave the Kibwezi station at 11:18 p.m and stop at the Mtito Andei Station at 11:50 p.m, leaving the station after a three-minute stop.

    The SGR will then stop at the Voi station at 1:02 a.m and leave the station after a six-minute stop and make another stop at Miaseny at 1:41 a.m.

    After a two minutes stop the train will then depart Miaseny where it will make the final stop at Mariakani at 2:27 p.m then arrive in Mombasa at 3 a.m.

    Another intercounty train will depart Mombasa at 9 p.m, arriving in Nairobi at 3:10 a.m and will run concurrently with the one leaving Nairobi at the same time.

    The Madaraka Express will now have three train services on the Nairobi-Mombasa route and a similar number for the Mombasa-Nairobi route. 

    It was not immediately clear how the passengers will commute from the Nairobi and Mombasa Termini with the curfew ending at 4 a.m.

    The passengers are however likely to be exempted from curfew as is the case with air passengers arriving during the 10 p.m to 4 a.m curfew.

    Air passengers whose flights fall during curfew hours are required to show their tickets in order to be exempted from the night curfew. 

    Road transport is still however restricted by the night curfew, a situation that has led to an increase in demand for travel.

    An image of the SGR schedule
    The Kenya Railways Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) midnight schedule.