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Traders operating near railway line issued with notice to vacate

30 October 2013, 17:00 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Rift Valley Railways Corporation (RVR) has issued traders who have erected structures near the railway line at Mutindwa market with a three-month notice to evacuate from the place.

Alfred Matheka, the RVR Managing Director, said that it is unsafe for the sellers running their businesses near the railway line as many would perish in event the train loses control or hits a vehicle then rams into the kiosks.

"The RVR regulations states that structure should be 60 metres away from the railway line to avoid any cases of harm in event a train accident occurs," said Matheka.

"We therefore issue a 90-day ultimatum to the sellers within the railway line to voluntarily move away lest we forcefully evacuated them," he added.

Matheka said train accidents had reduced significantly after witnessing the last one at Donholm a few years ago. He called on public service vehicle drivers to take precaution when crossing the railway line to reduce cases of train-vehicle accidents.

He added that RVR corporation is in the process of establishing flyovers at railway crossings to curb accidents.
Kirimi Ringera, Kenya Railways Police Commandant, noted that many matatu drivers do not adhere to simple traffic regulations such as slowing down at a crossing point.

The two officers were addressing the press at Mutindwa market where the accident involving a train and a passenger mini-bus occurred Wednesday morning.

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