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Passengers Stranded After SGR Train Bound For Nairobi Stalls


The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) issued its statement on the matter on Thursday, November 18 through social media, explaining the cause of the incident.

A Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train stalled in the middle of its journey from Mombasa to Nairobi terminus, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) issued its statement on the matter on Thursday, November 18 through social media, explaining the cause of the incident.

KRC revealed that the train developed a mechanical problem along its way and a rescue locomotive was dispatched to enable the passengers to complete their journey.

An SGR passenger train on the move. /BUSINESS DAILY

The train was estimated to arrive in Nairobi at 4.20 pm.

“The Inter-county train from Mombasa to Nairobi has developed a mechanical problem resulting in an undue delay. We have dispatched a rescue Locomotive to enable the passengers to complete the journey. The expected arrival time is 4:20 pm,” KRC tweeted.

The inconvenience also affected passengers travelling in the opposite direction, leading to delays in terms of departure time.

“The 3:00 pm Express train to Mombasa will now depart at 5:00 pm. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused,” it concluded.

The announcement caused a frenzy among Kenyans using the train as they wondered if their bookings would be affected by the minor incident.

The KRC days ago had announced that the SGR trips heading into the festive season were fully booked, despite being in the middle of the month of November. It revealed in a statement that passengers had begun booking their trips earlier than normal.

“The trains are fully booked up to December 24. We have seen a change in trend where passengers are booking their tickets earlier,” the railway body noted.

Ahead of the huge influx of passengers in both termini, it imposed tough rules regarding their conduct. That is, you are likely to be kicked out of one of their trains if you are caught drunk, as KRC announced on Friday, October 8 in efforts to curb disorderly conduct.

It notified passengers that engaging in actions that cause or are likely to cause a breach of peace at the railway stations or onboard the trains is strictly prohibited.

“These include but are not limited to playing unreasonably loud music, dancing, use of threatening and/or abusive language, violent acts, shouting, fighting and other forms of misdemeanour,” the notice read in part.

On top of carrying alcoholic drinks into railway stations and trains being prohibited, it is illegal to play music on board the train. If you are caught drunk and incapable, or drunk and disorderly, you shall be barred from boarding the train.

For persons on board the train who are drunk and disorderly, they shall be ordered out at the next available train station.

Nairobi SGR terminus. /FILE



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