The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Ambitious Plan to Ease Nairobi Transport Mess

Rift Valley Railways is currently executing a plan that aims to transform the national railway network, Kenya Railways Corporation has said. KR said it will achieve the transformation through rolling out the mass commuter rail system for the Nairobi metropolis next week, under the Nairobi Commuter Rail service which was launched on November 2012.

The corporation has identified Waiyaki Way, Mombasa road, Langata road, Ngong road, Kiambu road, Thika road, Juja road, Jogoo road and Kangundo road as corridors that require an integrated transport solution.

"The project will build 26 modern railway stations, a new 22km railway line to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and rehabilitate 160km of the existing rail infrastructure around Nairobi," KR said. The project will also construct a 6.5 KM rail link from Embakasi to JKIA which will offer airport passengers a 25- minutes express ride to the CBD.

Other proposed links will connect Githurai and Kiambu, Kikuyu and the CBD while a link from Riruta will connect Kiserian via Ngong and head back to the CBD via Rongai.

"The transit layout will provide a transport solution for Nairobi. The railway component will culminate in a metropolitan mass transit commuter rail system for Nairobi county and the surrounding areas," the corporation said.

It added that 26 modern railway stations will be constructed with the park and ride concept used in the Syokimau railway station.

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