Editor's Review

  • The new train service is set to facilitate the reopening of schools.
  • In the recent months, the route has been witnessing increased traffic

Kenya Railways has made changes to the newly introduced Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train schedule on the Nairobi – Mombasa route.

Due to high human traffic on the route, KR has added another train to meet demand occasioned by schools' reopening.

The announcement comes after Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia earlier revealed an elaborate plan to facilitate the movement of learners as schools reopened earlier this week.

"For as long as one has their ticket, there shouldn't be a challenge in connecting. For Nairobi, we have no challenge as we have a commuter train which will bring passengers into the Central Business District (CBD) at around 4am," it says.

On Monday, Kenya Railway had introduced two new Madaraka Express commuter rail services to facilitate schools reopening.

In a notice, the rail transport regulator said two trains would depart from Nairobi and Mombasa termini concurrently at 9 pm, stopping at each of the seven intermediate stages in the six-hour journey.

On Thursday, Kenya Railways released a new schedule that will have three commuter rail services.

The new schedule will have two express trains, one during the day and another at night, while the third one will be an inter-county one.

The Express train will leave Nairobi terminus at 3:15 and arrive at the Mombasa terminus at 8:08, while the night train will depart Nairobi at 10 pm and arrive in Mombasa at 3:30 am.

Passenger plying the root will be exempted from the curfew provided they have proof of ticketing.