Kenya Railways has introduced a second trip on the Madaraka Express Passenger Service. The new service which will depart the Nairobi and Mombasa Termini at 3:30 pm will act as an express train and complement the existing morning service which has now been transformed into an inter-county train service, departing at 8:00 am from both Nairobi and Mombasa termini, and stopping at all the seven intermediate stations.
Cabinet Secretary of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Mr. James Macharia, who officiated the launch of the service, said that the new service is part of measures to increase access and lower the cost of transport across the country.
Customers on the service are now able to book the train via the mobile phone and pay through M-pesa by dialing *639# and going through a number of steps. Customers are also able to book a ride by calling 0709 388888 and also paying through M-pesa. Customers are also able to book a ride fourteen days before the date of travel.
Madaraka Express Passenger service has been in operation for five months following a colorful commissioning ceremony by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. Apart from the passenger service, the Corporation has also been engaged by the Kenyan Government to transport relief food from the Port of Mombasa to the ICD. This has served as the testing phase for the Freight service and to date approximately 130,000 tonnes of cereals have been transported. The testing phase for commercial cargo is set to commence in November and the full commercial operations on the freight service will commence in 2018. The freight service is expected to lower the cost of cargo transport by up to 35% between the port of Mombasa and the Nairobi Inland Container Deport. It is expected that this cost saving will be passed on to consumers with the cost of transport and logistics thought to account for up to 40% of the cost of goods and services.