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Syokimau model a template to end traffic woes

01 November 2013, 14:24

Nairobi - The Syokimau-Nairobi railway line model could be rolled out to other parts of the city in order to ease congestion on local roads, senior government officials said.

The commuter train service, together with the southern bypass whose construction was started and is funded by the China Export Import Bank (Eximbank), is poised to ease congestion in the capital city.

“The entire plan for the Syokimau project would be a model for the rest of the city and relevant measures have been put on ground to sustain this important innovation,” Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary, Nduva Muli, told media at a briefing at the Bomas on Thursday.

It takes less than 30 minutes to travel from the station up to the other side of Machakos County to the city centre through the train.

Nonetheless, Nduva cited that the biggest hindrance to the implementation of such projects to acquiring the land and then moving encroaches off the railway land.

He cited the Kibera slums, where more than eight villages lie along the railway line, as an example.

The long traffic snarls in Nairobi is a major setback and negatively affects the economy because of the time and money wasted in the traffic congestion.

The congestion has also been blamed for the accidents, the latest which killed seven people in Nairobi earlier this week after a train rammed into a stationary bus.

– CAJ News



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