Following the high demand for transport from Mombasa to Nairobi via the SGR, the Kenya Railways company has announced plans to add another five coaches to accommodate more passengers.
The additional five coaches, according to the Kenya Railways, will be available from 19th to 22nd August 2019 and will serve passengers traveling to Mombasa and from Mombasa to Nairobi in the afternoon train.
The announcement has come at a time when the Madaraka Express tickets are fully booked. School trips especially the primary school trips have contributed to the large numbers of bookings to Mombasa.
Kenya Railways made the announcement on their twitter handle as displayed below:
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to high demand for Madaraka Express tickets, we hereby announce an addition of five coaches from August 19 – 22, 2019 for the NRB – MSA morning train and the MSA – NRB afternoon train. pic.twitter.com/3HslIcnha0
— Kenya Railways (@KenyaRailways_) August 15, 2019
Kenya Railways Refurbishes Coaches to Ease Thika Superhighway Traffic
Barely a month ago the Kenya Railways announced the refurbishment of 40 coaches to accommodate more people who commuted from Ruiru to the town center on a daily basis.
The move was set to ease bus fare on the commuters and avail a convenient means of transport to the CBD which would encourage decongestion among dwellers in the city center.
“The first batch of 20 coaches will be operational in July as part of a more comprehensive program to decongest Nairobi traffic,” KR managing director Philip Maingi said adding that it was part of their master plan for Nairobi to phase out old coaches which would be dilapidated as the new ones got introduced.
The Ruiru-Nairobi railway route was previously served by 20 coaches with a trip from Ruiru to Nairobi costing 50 shillings by train.
Train fares unlike matatu, do not fluctuate regularly depending on the hour of the day or the weather.
Kenyans can now go ahead book a ticket to Mombasa using the SGR before the availed space is all booked up again.