Kenya Railways adds more SGR train coaches to meet high demand
Kenya Railways has announced that it will add five more coaches to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger train that shuttles between Nairobi and Mombasa to cater for the rise in passenger numbers in the festive season.
The extra coaches that will cater to both economy and first-class passengers will be added starting December 22, 2019 to January 3, 2020.
The train service, dubbed Madaraka Express, is currently fully booked for the Christmas season as Kenyans seek convenience, fast and affordable travel.
“With the exception of Dec. 28, the morning train from Mombasa and the afternoon train from Nairobi will feature an additional first-class and four economy class coaches from Dec. 22, to Jan. 3, 2020,” said Kenya Railways in a notice.
With the exception of Dec. 28, 2019, the morning train from MSA & the afternoon train from NRB will feature an additional first class & 4 economy class coaches from Dec. 22, 2019 to Jan. 3, 2020. We appreciate your continued support. #MadarakaExpress #Rightontrack
— Kenya Railways (@KenyaRailways_) December 5, 2019
Kenya Railways has normally increased the train coaches during the holiday season as demand surges and has steadily increased coaches on the Nairobi-Mombasa route since the SGR passenger train was launched in June 2017.
The rising demand for the SGR passenger train service has however dealt a huge blow to commuter bus operators.