19 March 2019

Kenyatta Pushes JKIA - Nairobi CBD Train Service to Start in Two Years

Nairobi — Traffic congestion within the Nairobi city centre is set to reduce in the next two years after the completion of a proposed rail line connecting Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the ever busy Nairobi city centre.

Speaking at the Nairobi Railway Station alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, President Uhuru Kenyatta said government bureaucracy should not delay the implementation of the commuter train.

"A properly functioning urban commuter rail system and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) in our cities and particularly here in Nairobi will completely transform the lives of millions of urban dwellers as well as make Nairobi a wonderful experience for tourists and visitors," said the President.

President Kenyatta put to task officials and consultants involved in the feasibility of the project demanding that they seal the loopholes likely to derail the project.

The rail project will be implemented in partnership with a French consortium.

The President said the rail and Rapid bus transit system will reduce the time used when moving from one station to another.

Currently, the government targets to move 500,000 urban commuters daily in the first twelve months in 2021 targeting more than a million commuters in the next five years.

France President Emmanuel Macron assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of his support to ensure the project, which is part of the Sh340 billion deal signed by the two countries - is completed on time.

"I am happy with the increasing partnership between Kenya and France. It is an indication of the future of Africa, which he said is led by innovation and is not relying on the beaten paths in terms of achieving development," he said.

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