PSVs locked out of Nairobi CBD as county gazettes changes to termini & routes


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Starting Wednesday next week, Nairobi commuters will have to contend with walking into the central business district (CBD) as the Nairobi County Government moves to restrict public service vehicles (PSVs) entry into town.

In a public notice, the county government has revoked all permits for pick up and drop off points within the CBD and gazetted new ones.

The move is part of efforts to ease traffic flow in the capital city.

In the new framework, all PSVs from Waiyaki Way, Limuru Road, Thika Road and Kiambu road will terminate at terminate at two bus parks located new fig Tree along Muranga Road.

PSVs from Juja road and park road will terminate at the Ngara road terminus while vehicles from Jogoo Road will terminate at Muthurwa.

High Capacity buses from upcountry will terminate at Machakos bust station.

Prior attempts to stop PSVs from gaining access into the CBD were short lived with.

Nairobi County acting County Secretary Leboo Ole Morintant however said county officer in conjunction with traffic police would enforce the new directive.

“The county, Kenya Police and NTSA shall start enforcement immediately after 20TH September 2017. Maximum cooperation is expected from all PSVs operators and compliance to avoid inconveniences,” Mr Ole Morintant said.

The directive is part of recommendations made by the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NaMATA) to ease traffic congestion in the capital city.

Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said in an earlier interview that the ministry and the Nairobi County government were working towards creating bus termi outside the CBD with only high density buses being allowed into the CBD.

“We don’t want to bring in public transport into the CBD unless it is necessary,” Mr Maringa said.

Another proposal presented by NaMATA is declaring car free street days within the CBD and Westlands to enable free movement of persons in the city.

Mr Maringa said the move will free up sidewalks and would be parking slots to set up temporary stands for small businesses.

“If you ring fence the CBD there is very little else that goes on in the city that requires you to be in a car….. there are certain areas we want to negotiate and free so that we can foster business and social life in Nairobi a lot better,” he said.

Additional reporting by Mumbi Warui 

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