The government has acquired locomotive engines to operate on four routes in Nairobi to ease transport crisis.
Under the new programme, Kenya Railways, will introduce hourly train services along the four routes. Currently the routes are: Ruiru, Mlolongo, Embakasi and Kikuyu.
According to Benjamin Njenga, a director in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, the four engines have already been procured from Spain.
He identified the routes that would benefit from the multi-million project as Ruiru, Embakasi, Athi River and Kikuyu to Nairobi.
“We have over 200km of railway line in Nairobi which is not well utilised and the hourly commuter trains will come in handy,” he said.
He was optimistic that the government would meet its target of 500,000 affordable houses by 2022 as more Kenyans joined the programme.
“Under the Parklands Road scheme, we are targeting 2,000 units whose construction is ongoing as demand for houses continues to rise,” he said.
Njenga was addressing the press at a Naivasha resort after a meeting with World Bank, Japan government officials and representatives from eight counties
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