Kenya Railways make drastic changes on SGR

Kenya Railway services has decided enough is enough.

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Some critics would even argue that the Kenyan Railway services were caught flat footed by the whole thing and were racing against time to keep up.

Within days of the launch Kenyans jammed SGR stations in Nairobi and Mombasa to board the railway only to be disappointed.

The train was fully booked for days on end after millions of Kenyans ditched buses for the trail due to less time taken to reach Mombasa (4 and half hours) not to mention relative comfort and pocket friendly prices, only Sh700 compared to a minimum of Sh1000 buses charged.

The Kenya Railway services due to public demand have now made some drastic changes.

Beginning July this year the frequency of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger trains between Mombasa and Nairobi will be increased to accommodate the increasing demand from travellers.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Thursday announced that four more Madaraka Express trains will be added to transport passengers between Mombasa and Nairobi.

“It has come to our understanding that many travellers have been missing the opportunity to travel by rail. Some groups of tourists have been unable to travel to Mombasa due to limited seats,” he said at Diani Reef Beach Resort in Kwale.

Three trains will  transport commuters to Nairobi daily while three others ferry passengers to Mombasa bringing the total number of trips between the two cities to six per day.

The first train, which will make stopovers at stations like Voi and Mtito Andei along the way, will depart from Mombasa at 8 a.m. while the second - which will be express - will depart at 9 a.m.

Mr Balala explained that the third train will also be express and will depart from the port city at 3 p.m.\

He also added  since SGR was launched, hotels in Mombasa had experienced a rise in the number of domestic tourists.

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