Kenya Railways Reverts to Full Operations on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service

Sanitizing booth

Sanitizing booth

Kenya Railways has restored full operations on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service. This is following the revision of the daily national curfew hours which starts at 9:00 pm from 7:00 pm previously and ends at 4:00 am from 5:00 am previously.
In his communiqué to media houses, Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Philip Mainga said that current timings of the curfew have enabled the Corporation revert to the pre-pandemic period schedule.
“We are now offering full service on Nairobi Commuter Rail Service which operates between the Nairobi Central Railway station in the CBD and Ruiru, Kikuyu, Embakasi and Syokimau,” he said. “We have simply reverted to the normal schedule which was serving our customers well’.
According to Mr. Mainga, Kenya Railways will still enforce the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in a bid to ensure transportation of commuters is a safe undertaking. He outlined that customers are continually advised to wash their hands with soap before accessing the stations and trains at the provided water points. The Corporation also ensures that every customer walks through the sanitizing booth on the way to trains.
“We have not relaxed the measures we put in place goes provided by Ministry of Health (MOH) to curb the rate of infection of Covid-19. We still encourage our customers to practice good hygiene as per the issued guidelines. Especially the social distancing rule while on the trains,” he added.
Mr. Mainga also said that the Madaraka Express Passenger Service operations are yet to resume. This will happen once the cessation of movement order is lifted by the National government. He reaffirmed the Corporation’s and the operator’s readiness to resume operations when the conditions will allow. The Link train which operates between Nairobi Central Railway station and Nairobi Terminus has thus not resumed service because its operations are pegged on the Madaraka Express Passenger Service operations.
Mr. Mainga also said that the pace of rehabilitation of the Nairobi to Nanyuki branchline is impressive and that the Corporation expects to have the line under use in the near future.