Nairobi-Mombasa SGR passenger services to resume on Monday


File image of a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
File image of a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has announced that the Madaraka Express passenger service will resume on Monday, July 13 following the lifting of the ban of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, CS Macharia said the first train will depart Nairobi at 8am on Monday and is expected to arrive at the Coast at 12.45pm.

The train will then leave Mombasa for Nairobi at 1.25pm and is expected back in the Capital at 6.40pm to provide ample time for passengers to reach their destinations before commencement of the curfew at 9pm.

To maintain social and physical distancing on the train, the CS said Kenya Railways shall deploy 10 coaches for passengers with a total one-way capacity of 600 passengers which is 50 percent capacity.

An additional coach will also be deployed to be used for isolation of passengers suspected to be infected with COVID-19 during the journey.

“The extra coach will leave empty and we hope it will arrive in Mombasa empty because it will be used for only one purpose; to carry any suspected case of COVID-19 detected during the journey between Nairobi and Mombasa and vice versa,” said CS Macharia.

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