How Kenyans reacted to increased SGR train fares
Kenyans on Twitter have expressed mixed reactions the announcement by Kenya Railways that the fares for the Standard Gauge Railway train Madaraka Express will soon be increased.
Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Mainaon on Friday told Nairobi News that ticket prices for passengers travelling in the economy class will soon be increased from Sh700 to Sh1,200.
Fare for first class passengers will however remain at Sh3,000.
The price adjustments will take effect from April if approved by Ministry of Transport.
The Madaraka Express that travels between Nairobi and Mombasa daily has became very popular for travelers shuttling between the two cities since its launch in May 2017.
The announcement of the new fares was however not well received by Kenyans on Twitter.
I just saw the interview of Atanas Maina the MD, he literally was emphasizing that Kenyans were complaining the fares were too cheap, you can’t make this stuff up he couldn’t even explain himself & was sketchy on the added services he was making stuff up in his mind.He was unsure
— Mojo_Jojo ??.?? (@muya_gichigi) February 1, 2018
Lol.. This was the SGR that was meant to put buses out of business?
— Droid.psd (@droid254) February 1, 2018
Plane 4200 time 40min
— Moses Apeli (@apeliomuyangu) February 2, 2018
Fares to Mombasa – From April 2018
SGR Economy – Kshs 1,200
SGR First Class – Kshs 5,100
FlySax – Kshs 3,950
Jambojet – Kshs 4,200
KQ – Kshs 7,000
Channia Express – Kshs 900
Modern Coast – Kshs 1,200
The old train – Kshs 700
Lift on trucks – Kshs 700
— Unemployed Professor (@WRadigo) February 1, 2018
Watajibeba wenyewe…sina Haraka…modern coast mambo yote
— stan darren (@darren_stan) February 2, 2018
It’s cheaper n faster to fly
— Ni Njeru™️ (@NjeruSamuel) February 1, 2018
SGR ticket prices shoots up by almost double amount. For 1,200, you can get an executive bus with VIP treatment, no Syokimau,Miritini dusty hustles. Who’s this killing our SGR b4 we finish paying the loan?
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) February 1, 2018