List of areas in Nairobi set to get new railway stations

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has started constructing new stations in a number of areas in Nairobi and other satellite towns with the aim of increasing the number of commuters and strengthening the country’s transport system.

The new project is being developed within existing rail corridors to improve commuter rail services to Nairobi Station.

Some of the Nairobi areas that are expected to benefit from the new project include Kibera, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mutindwa, Satellite, Kenyatta University and other satellite areas in Lukenya and Konza in Machakos County.

Passengers disembark a commuter train in Nairobi

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Other areas that will benefit from the new Kenya Railways Corporation project include Dagoretti Market, Thogoto, Aviation, Gitaru, Kariobangi South, Mutuini, Membley and Madaraka around the Strathmore area.

At present, KRC has trains running the Nairobi-Imara Daima-Syokimau route, the Githurai-Mwiki – Kahawa – Ruiru route, the Nairobi-Embakasi route and the Nairobi – Kibera – Kikuyu route.

The project was launched with the aim of creating an efficient and affordable public transport system for the city, as well as integrating rail with other modes of transport in the country.

“Currently we have about three stations in Kibera,” KRC managing director Philip Mainga said.

He added, “We have just completed Mukuru Kwa Njenga. The Kenyatta University station is ongoing along with several others.”

To decongest the city and improve the transport system, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the revamped Nairobi Commuter Rail Service (NCRS). It further featured revamped Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs).

The project also saw the introduction of commuter rail buses in a Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Master Plan as part of the city’s upgrade.

Nairobi Railway Station serves as the hub for the project linking routes including Embakasi Village, Pipeline and Donholm railway stations.

It comes even as the Railways Corporation aims to tackle the recurring problem of trains derailing routes and even delays.

In the latter case, the train on the Daima Imara route was delayed for a few hours, causing commuters to adjust their schedules.

But away from the city, Kenya Railways is rehabilitating the Kisumu Butere line in a bid to boost freight and passenger transport in the western corridor.

The project is in its advanced stage and will be officially launched in the middle of this year.

An undated photo of a Kenya Railways train

An undated photo of a Kenya Railways train

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