Kenya Railways Receives Six More DMU Trains For Nairobi

The Nairobi Train service has so far been served by five Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) that were launched in 2020 and the new additions will see operations increased to hourly periods in more routes in the area.

Kenya Railways Receives Six More DMU Trains For Nairobi

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has received six more trains from Spain in a bid to increase its capacity in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

The trains arrived earlier in May 2021 as confirmed by KRC chairman Omudho Awitta who stated that the new trains will enable the state corporation step up its frequencies in the area.

The Nairobi Train service has so far been served by five Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) that were launched in 2020 and the new additions will see operations increased to hourly periods in more routes in the area.

President Uhuru Kenyatta inside one of the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains. /STANDARD DIGITAL

"The batch of six DMU’s has arrived in the country from Spain. We will now have trains running every hour across the Nairobi metropolitan area," Awitta disclosed.

KR had purchased 11 refurbished DMUs, five coaches, and spare parts from Spain at a negotiated price of Ksh1.15 billion.

The trains were acquired from the island of Mallorca after the island completed the adoption of electric trains in its modernisation plan.

The five coaches operate the Syokimau-Nairobi and Embakasi-Nairobi routes. The Syokimau train operates five times a day, while the Embakasi train operates three times a day.

“The six batch of DMU’s have arrived in the country from Spain. We will now have trains running every hour across the Nairobi metropolitan area,” Awitta told Business Daily on May 25, 2021.

He added that the agency projected that the refurbished trains would be fully functional for the next 20 to 25 years

He said that the trains will compliment services along the Nairobi-Embakasi, Nairobi-Ruiru, Nairobi-Kikuyu, Nairobi-Syokimau and Nairobi-Athi River routes as well as newer routes to Kikuyu and Lukenya.

Currently, the highest fare charged is Ksh100 which is to the Lukenya station while travellers from Limuru pay Ksh80.

KRC's acquisition of the Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) is part of its grand plan to increase commuter capacity from 13,000 to 132,000 passengers a day by 2022.

The DMUs can carry up to 128 seated and 130 standing passengers. Therefore, if coupled up, the trains carry up to 774 passengers.

Awitta stated that KRC is targeting a huge chunk of the 1.5 million passengers that commute in Nairobi on a daily basis.

President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioning one of the Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) for operation within Nairobi Metropolitan Area. /FILE