The railways body revealed that the new train will operate the Nairobi – Athi River/Lukenya route and will be expected to carry 1,000 people per trip.
The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has introduced a new train to offer an alternative to Kenyans who have had to deal with the menacing Mombasa Road traffic daily.
In a statement, the railways body revealed that the new train will operate the Nairobi – Athi River/Lukenya route and will be expected to carry 1,000 people per trip.
The train was scheduled to debut on Monday, September 6, and will operate the route every day, with a departure from Athi River set for 9.20 am.
New schedule for the Nairobi commuter train plying Nairobi-Athi River. /FACEBOOK
The evening train will leave Nairobi Railway Station at 7.20 pm and will be bound for Athi River.
On its morning trip, the train will stop at Mlolongo for two minutes at 9:39 am, Embakasi (9:57am), Imara Daima (10:12am) and Makadara (10:26am).
On the evening trip, the train stops at Makadara (7:45 pm), Imara Daima (7:51 pm), Embakasi (8:14 pm) and Mlolongo (8:32 pm).
It adds to the already-existing train service that plies the Nairobi-Lukenya route, with a departure at 5.45 am in the morning and a return of 6 pm in the evening.
The KRC has been moving with speed to avert the traffic jams witnessed along Mombasa Road, that have seen motorists spend entire nights on the road.
“I am most concerned about Nairobi, Athi River, and Lukenya simply because of our partnership with KeNHA (Kenya National Highways Authority) who are constructing the highway.”
“Most of the Kenyans are not aware we actually run these trains on a daily basis and they are getting stuck on the road,” stated Philip Mainga, the KRC Managing Director.
He further noted that some motorists opted to take the long route through Lang’ata all the way to Rongai and Kiserian where they emerge and circulate back to Kitengela and Athi River.
Since the introduction of the new commuter trains, some Kenyans have praised the speed in which they depart and arrive on time, similar to the manner in which the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to Mombasa and back, operates.
The massive traffic has been occasioned by the construction of the Nairobi Expressway, which will be complete by June 2022.
The Nairobi Expressway passing through Westlands. /FILE