Kenya to build commuter rail line in Nairobi to ease traffic congestion

Published on : Monday, March 18, 2019

Kenya plans to partner with France to build a commuter rail line in the capital city Nairobi, according to a statement issued by State House. The rail line will connect the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the city’s Central Business District.


The rail line which will be implemented in partnership with a French consortium should be ready in two years to help ease traffic congestion within the city, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.


French President Emmanuel Macron said the French consortium will play its part in providing a mobility solution for Nairobi. Macron, who is in Kenya for state visit, said he was happy with the increasing partnership between Kenya and France.


Kenyatta said the government has prioritized the development of the urban commuter rail and the rapid bus transit to reduce traffic congestion and boost the economy of the city.


“Our target is to have 500,000 urban commuters moving freely daily within the next 12 months. This number will grow to over a million commuters daily within the next five years,” Kenyatta said according to the statement.


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