The Kenya Railways Corporation has addressed the concerns of many expected SGR users saying it will ferry passengers travelling on the new Standard Gauge Railway from its headquarters on Haile Selassie Avenue to the Nairobi Terminus in Syokimau.
KRC says they have dedicated five buses to ferry travellers to town as they prepare to start using the old rail line to bring passengers to the city centre.
Many travellers have questioned the argument of a four hour journey saying the shuttle services to Nairobi CBD and from Miritini to Mombasa CBD will increase the time to 6 hours.
The buses will leave every morning between 7.30am and 8am so that passengers can make it for the 9am train service.
The same services will also be offered in Mombasa where passengers will be ferried from the Mombasa terminus to Kenya Railway offices in Mombasa town and vice versa.
Start using the old line
This is, however, a promotion to June 6, 2017, for the Nairobi services. After the promotion ends, the KR will start using the old railway line to ferry people to the city centre in Nairobi.
“We are making arrangements with the old railway line that passes beside the Nairobi terminus such that those coming from Mombasa can connect with it to town,” the management explained.
The corporation plans to release a schedule of the trips by the end of next week.
“During this promotion period, we are working the best timings to offer passengers. We already have a draft but we are also consulting passengers on their preferred timings for travel with Madaraka Express.”
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Passengers can buy tickets at the both the Nairobi and Mombasa termini with online ticketing expected to start in two weeks.
The new Chinese-built route is aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa and is billed as the biggest infrastructure project since independence and a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of the August elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta lowered the fare price of the four and a half hours trip for economy class to Sh700 from the Sh900 announced on Monday by Kenya Railways.