Kenya Railways has notified motorists of the planned closure of the Nairobi Railway matatu terminus on Sunday, September 24, in order to carry out a Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) utility survey.
In a notice, Kenya Railways Managing Director announced that the closure is part of the design and planning process of the New Nairobi Central Railway Station, a component of the Nairobi Railway City Project.
To carry out the survey, the terminus will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Motorists have been advised to use alternative pick-up and drop-off points during the period. Matatus that ply Ngong Road and Valley Road have been directed to pick up and drop passengers at Green Park.
Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) from Lang'ata Road and Mombasa Road will pick up and drop off passengers at Agip Bus Bay, opposite Posta City Square, as well as the street between Neno Evangelism Church and Shell Petrol Station, off Haile Selassie Avenue.
The proposed Nairobi Railway City is a multi-modal urban development that seeks to expand and decongest the Central Business District (CBD).
The railway city project, which was initiated during Uhuru Kenyatta's administration, will be situated within 425 acres between Haile Sellasie Avenue, Uhuru Highway, Landhies Road and Bunyala Road.
According to Kenya Railways, the project is also projected to position Nairobi as a leading world city.
"The strategic location of the Nairobi Central Railway Station area positions it perfectly to be an iconic nerve Centre for the Nairobi Multimodal Transport System with a world-class new Central Railway Station incorporating mixed-use commercial developments, hotels and intermodal facilities."
Additionally, the Railway City project will expand the CBD to the South by setting up key services and facilities to attract entrepreneurs.
It will also transform the area around Nairobi Central Railway Station into a modern Railway City, provide a sustainable urban space and create a Transport Hub with Multi-modal Transport Facilities.
Through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), the UK government will fund the project at an estimated cost of Ksh30 billion.