Kenya Railways Announces New Schedule After Curfew Begins

  • A train in the revamped Nairobi Commuter Rail system
    A train in the revamped Nairobi Commuter Rail system
    Kenya Railways
  • Kenya Railways Corporation on Sunday, March 28, announced new changes in the commuter trains plying the Nairobi Terminus to Ngong station route following the new directives issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26. 

    "The corporation has revised the evening timings for the Commuter Phase IIA service effective tomorrow March 29, 2021, as per the schedule stipulated," part of the statement from KR.

    The train will be departing from Nairobi terminus at 6.19 pm, through Rongai station at 6.43 pm-6.47 pm, and then arrive at the Ngong station at 7.01 pm.

    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.

    During the morning, the train will be departing Ngong station at 6.20 am through Rongai station at 6.38 am to arrive at the Nairobi Terminus at 7.04 am.

    Initially, the train would depart Nairobi Terminus at 6.50 pm, through Rongai station at 7.19 pm, and arrive at Ngong station at 7.30 pm.

    The changes come after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced new directives in a bid to curb the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Uhuru revised the curfew hours in five counties among them Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Machakos, and Kajiado.

    He directed that the curfew commences at 8 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. For the rest of the country, the curfew hours were maintained between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

    The corporation had also announced changes in both the Madaraka Express Passenger Service and the Nairobi Commuter Rail service operations.

    “Normal services will run on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, 2021, between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm and on Monday, March 29, 2021, up to noon,” stated Kenya Railways.

    Subsequently, commuter services would be stopped until further notice. Kenya Railways, however, stated that the Passenger Service between Nairobi Terminus and Suswa would run over the weekends.

    The corporation, in a bid to enhance transportation and reduce traffic congestion through the road network, is set to launch additional six Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) operating different routes across Nairobi city. 

    An image of Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs)
    Nairobi's Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) bought from Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) in Spain.