A commuter train in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILEA commuter train in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE
By BONIFACE OTIENO, [email protected]

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) is once again set to revise its schedule to enable commuters travelling to Nairobi’s central business district (CBD) from Syokimau to arrive at work on time.

Under the new schedule expected to be effected starting December 1, trains will be leaving Syokimau station at 6:40am to arrive in the CBD at 7:27am.

A second  train will depart Syokimau station at 7:40am to arrive at the Nairobi terminus at 8.27am.

“People would like to arrive early at their final destinations. It is expected that with this change  Mombasa travellers will be able to travel earlier when roads are less busy. The return trip will also allow them to arrive early. We shall keep reviewing these schedules to accommodate the needs of customers,” said Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina.

Currently, passengers have been leaving Syokimau train terminus at 6:30am to arrive at the Nairobi station at 7:15am.

There has also been a second train departing Syokimau train station at 7:40am to arrive at the Nairobi terminus at 8:27am.

CONVENIENCE

“It’s for convenience of passengers,” said Mr Maina.

In the adjustment, the first train in the afternoon will leave the Nairobi terminus at 12pm and arrive at Syokimau train terminus at 12:50pm.

The second train in the afternoon will depart Nairobi terminus at 5:50 pm and arrive in Syokimau at 6:37pm.

The third train will, however, leave for Syokimau train terminus from the CBD at 7:50pm and arrive at 8:30pm.

The corporation had been operating one train, which leaves Syokimau train terminus at 2pm to arrive in Nairobi city centre at 3pm.

The corporation will also be operating two Syokimau trains over the weekend with the first one leaving CBD terminus at 6:20am to arrive at Syokimau at 7:07am. The second train will leave the CBD at 12pm and arrive at Syokimau train station at 12:50pm.

The Syokimau train has become a favourite mode of transport for city workers who reside at the sprawling peri-urban area as they try and beat the normally heavy road traffic during peak morning and evening hours.