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Matatus set for relocation from CBD in phases next year

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Summary

  • Director of transport and public works Michael Ochieng the NMS had engaged stakeholders regarding the relocation plan, which could begin as early as mid-January.
  • Green Park, Desai and Park Road termini are nearing completion and would be the first to be opened as part of the decongestion strategy.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will relocate matatus from the central business district (CBD) in phases with the first terminus expected to be ready by early next month.

Director of transport and public works Michael Ochieng the NMS had engaged stakeholders regarding the relocation plan, which could begin as early as mid-January.

Green Park, Desai and Park Road termini are nearing completion and would be the first to be opened as part of the decongestion strategy.

He said the phased reopening would see public service vehicles (PSVs) plying the Ngong and Lang’ata Road routes relocated first. The PSVs would terminate at the Green Pak terminus.

The next step, he said, would be to relocate matatus and long-distance PSVs from Mount Kenya and those plying the Thika Superhighway to Desai and Park Road termini in Ngara.

“We are trying to finish them before the turnover of the year. We are in liaison with the relevant stakeholders to have a phased opening and commissioning to avoid having a chaotic city,” said Mr Ochieng.

“Like starting with Green Park, one then goes to Desai and Park Road, which are almost finished. However, the exact commissioning date can only be communicated by my superiors as my work is on the technical bit.”

Green Park terminus, with a capacity to accommodate 140 matatus at a go, is already 85 per cent complete with only final touches including electronic systems, management structures and a walkway heading to town remaining.

The electronic systems are for controlling the operation of the terminus.

“The foundations for the walkways have been done and what is remaining is cabro works, which we will do most probably before we break for Christmas or before the New Year begins,” he said.

The terminus is set to have a dispensary, a police post, restaurants, supermarket, modern washrooms for use by motorists and commuters.

“All those amenities have been completed. Even the hospital is already working and has attended to six patients. You will find a nurse there, and you will be treated,” said Mr Ochieng.

PSVs from Mombasa Road (South B, South C, Industrial Area, Imara Daima, Athi River, Kitengela, Machakos) will terminate at a new terminus at the Bunyala and Workshop roads junction.